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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4641

Dr Everingham asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been, drawn to work by Jay Forrester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on world dynamics for the Club of Rome.

(2)   - If so, does this suggest that most policy decisions have counter-intuitive social effects which" can to some extent be forecast.

(3)   Has his attention also been drawn to the report on legislators' computer requirements commissioned by the United States Congress Committee on House Administration (Stanford Research Institute Project No. 873S System Management Plati to Develop' a' Computer-based Information Handling System for the United States House of Representatives).

(4)   If so, will he report to the House on the applicability of these findings to Australian legislatures and policies, and the estimated economies obtainable by use of modem decision-making aids.

Mr McMahon - The answer to thu honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   See (1).

(3)   No.

(4)   1 am informed that the report referred to by the honourable ' member- would relate to the provision in the Parliament of a detailed computerised information service for members. As such it is a matter which might more appropriately bc considered by the Pressing Officers.

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