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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr SPEAKER - In conjunction with the President of the Senate I wish to announce the appointment of Mr Andrew Leslie Moore to succeed Mr A. P. Fleming as Head of the Department of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library.

Mr Mooreis Official Secretary at the office of the High Commissioner for Australia in the United Kingdom and has from time to time acted as the Deputy High Commissioner. He is aged 56, and has the degrees of Master of Arts and Bachelor of Education. He was for some time Assistant Secretary of the Education, Arts and Sciences Section of the Prime Minister's Department, and was a member of the Council of the National Library. Mr Moore had earlier close links with library policies and development through his association with the National Library Inquiry Committee 1956-57, known as the Paton Committee, of which he was Secretary. It was the report of this Committee which proposed the separate establishment of the Parliamentary Library and the National Library.

As honourable members are aware, the Library has undergone considerable development as a research and information department, involving a balance of work by professional librarians and by legislative research officers with qualifications in arts, economics, science, engineering, law, etc. A major task of Mr Moore will be to furtherthis development in the interests of continuing improved services to members.

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