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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - In reply to Senator Collett's inquiry regarding the Commonwealth's contribution towards the cost of publishing -the report of the British, Australian, and New Zealand

Antarctic Research Expedition, it is anticipated that the work of examining and collating matters involved in this report will occupy the attention of a large number of honorary contributors for a period of five years. The total cost of printing the report, and incidental expenditure is £7,500. A good deal of work has been undertaken in an honorary capacity by a number of scientists and the department is assisting in the publication.

The Federal Guide is a departmental reference book which gives the names of the officers in various Government departments, and is similar to reference books issued by most governments.

Senator Collings - Are copies available to members of Parliament?

Senator BRENNAN - Copies will probably be supplied free to members of Parliament. In 1926 this publication cost £130. It was proposed to issue a revised Federal Guide in 1929, but the government of the day did not proceed with the publication, on account of shortage of funds. On the basis of 1,000 copies, the Government printer has estimated that the cost of printing the Federal Guide should not exceed £100. '

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