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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1296

Senator GREENWOOD - I direct a question to the Minister for the Media who I understand is the Minister in charge of the Government Printing Office and the Australian Government Publishing Service. Is he aware of the concern which is developing with regard to the lack of sufficient copies of various pieces of legislation, which has become apparent in recent times? I ask this knowing that he has taken action quite recently with regard to a particular Bill. But is he aware, for example, that, if one seeks to obtain copies of the consolidated Public Service Act and the amendments to that legislation during the last year or two, or a copy of the Superannuation

Act and the amendments to that Act for the last year or two, with a view to considering legislation currently before the Senate, it is not possible to obtain them from the Bills and Papers Office of the Senate? Can he take some steps to ensure that pending the consolidation of the statutes, which, as I understand it, will not be completed until next year, adequate copies of the Acts which have to be looked at to comprehend current legislation are available?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I am pleased that the honourable senator has raised the matter because it was only this morning that I asked that a message be transmitted to the Australian Government Publishing Service drawing attention to the shortage of copies of a particular Bill. I am not aware of a shortage of copies of the particular Public Service Bill to which he has referred. I will chase that matter up. However, there have been extraordinary burdens placed on the Australian Government Publishing Service and the Australian Government Printer because of the legislative pace at which the Government has been proceeding over the last 20 months. I think some additional $20m was spent by the Australian Government on printing in the last financial year over and above that spent in the previous financial year. As the honourable senator will appreciate, the strain on the Australian Government Publishing Service and the Australian Government Printer has been enormous. I will take the matter up with the Director of the Australian Government Publishing Service to see whether something can be done about it.

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