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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 558

Dr Cass asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 19 February 1980:

In view of the Government's undertaking to implement the recommendation of the Galbally Inquiry concerning production of information in the languages of the major ethnic communities, will he ensure that (a) Government-funded community information projects such as Project Australia, the National Energy Conservation Campaign and the Australian Bi-Centennial Commemoration will be produced in migrant languages as well as in English and (b) appropriate sums for this purpose will be made available so that Australia's overseas-born people will be able to participate in and have the benefit of these activities to the same extent as all other Australians.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Government has already indicated its commitment to the provision of information in the languages of the major ethnic communities. The Galbally Report, which I tabled on 30 May 1978 was produced in ten languages, and the significant level of Commonwealth Government funding for Interpreting and Translating Services is an indication of this commitment.

Information on the National Energy Conservation Campaign has been translated into 8 languages (Italian, Greek, Yugoslav, Serbo-Croation, Arabic, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese). Consideration will be given to production of the later stages of Project Australia information in ethnic languages and the Australian Bicentennial Authority is being asked to give special consideration to the use of multi-lingual information as planning for the Bicentennial celebrations proceeds.

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