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Tuesday, 19 March 1985
Page: 447

(Question No. 39)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 26 February 1985:

Has the Australian Bicentennial Authority ordered the production of 1000 Bicentennial flags from a company in New Zealand; if so:

(a) What is the name of that company;

(b) why does the Authority state that 'no Australian company can meet the specified standards', when there are such companies in Australia able to produce the flags; and

(c) why is it that these Australian companies have not been approached to produce the flags.

Senator Button —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Australian Bicentennial Authority invited tenders for 1000 Bicentennial flags in April 1983. The flags were for use in presentation kits distributed to Bicentennial Community Committees throughout the country.

(a) The successful tenderer was E. H. Brett and Sons Pty Ltd, a long-established Australian company, which arranged for the printing to be carried out in New Zealand using Australian manufactured cloth.

(b) The Authority, which is a public company, based its decision on the usual commercial considerations and the requirement that the flags should be of a sufficiently high quality to make them worthy of presentation to the Bicentennial Community Committees. The Authority considered that E. H. Brett's tender was the only one which met their technical and quality standards at that time.

(c) The opportunity was available to Australian companies to tender for the flags and in fact twelve tenders were received.