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Tuesday, 8 May 1973
Page: 1844

Mr Kerin (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Media, upon notice:

(1)   Has the ABC examined the possibility of publishing a journal similar to the 'Listener', published by the BBC.

(2)   What would be the estimated cost of such a publication on (a) a weekly basis, (b) a fortnightly basis and (c) a monthly basis.

(3)   Will the Minister request the ABC to undertake production of an Australian 'Listener', if necessary on a trial basis of 12 months.

Mr Morrison (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - The Minister for the Media has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No precise up to date estimates are available. Previous estimates made by the ABC of publishing such a journal indicated that the estimated circulation would not cover the basic publication costs.

(3)   1 have asked the Chairman of the ABC to consider the honourable member's suggestion.

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