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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1058

Senator GUILFOYLE (VICTORIA) -I ask the Minister for the Media: Has an interdepartmental committee or similar body been established to consider the promotion of Australia 's image overseas? If so, what departments and other groups are represented on it and when was it established? Has the Government any plans to establish a similar body to co-ordinate its public relations activities within Ausralia?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I think an interdepartmental committee was established by the previous Government as long ago as 1958 on the initiative of the Department of Overseas Trade, or whatever the name of the department was at that time, in order to bring about some coordination and uniformity in the projection of Australia abroad. I cannot remember all the departments and instrumentalities that are connected with that interdepartmental committee but they certainly include my Department, the Department of Overseas Trade, the Department of Foreign Affairs, I think Qantas Airways Ltd and the Australian Tourist Commission or the Department of Tourism and Recreation. The Australian Broadcasting Commission is also involved because of the responsibilities that Radio Australia has in this area. So I can state that an interdepartmental committee was established as long ago as 1958. lt has been in existence since that time, is still in existence and is a very active committee. As to the co-ordination of publicity in Australia, my Department is responsible for the dissemination of information about Australia generally. Whilst we take into account the views of other departments, as far as I am aware at this stage, we have no firm idea of establishing an interdepartmental committee for internal purposes.

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