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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4626

Mr Berinson (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice: }) Does his Department dispute the evidence given before, the Joint Committee on Publications (First Special Report, of the Joint Committee on Publications, 1971, page 7) that new equipment for the Government Printer estimated to cost $755,000 would probably pay for itself in the first 2 years of operation; if so, what is his Depart.mentment's estimate.

(2)   If not. can the granting of the Commonwealth Government Printer's application be anticipated in the near future; if it cannot be anticipated, why not.

Mr Snedden - The answer lo the honourable member's question is as follows:

Although the Government Printer has, on two occasions, sought funds to purchase new computercontroller photo-typesetting equipment, on neither occasion was it possible to prepare firm estimates of likely savings because of the lack of detailed information about the operational characteristics of the equipment under Australian conditions. The estimate given in evidence before the Joint Committee on Publications has not yet been submitted to the Treasury for examination.

Approval; of any further request for funds will depend on . the Government's assessment of the need, relative to other demands on the Budget, to proceed wilh the purchase.

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