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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1380

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for the Media. Yesterday the Minister informed the Senate that the level of publishing and printing handled by his Department for the Government in the past 12 months amounted to more than $20m. Can the Minister indicate the reasons for such a marked increase in the amount of printing and publishing handled by the Government? In view of my interest in printing, which is accurately described as the 'Art, Preservative of All Arts', when is it expected that an Australian Government bookshop and inquiry office will be established in Brisbane?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I think that the major factor involved in the additional amount spent by the Government on printing- I think that yesterday I mentioned a figure of $20m- has been the increase in the actual printing that has been done by the Government as a result of the multiplicity of reports that have been published, having regard to our policy of open government. Of course, this is in line with the Government's desire to ensure that Australians have at their disposal the greatest possible amount of information on government activities.

The honourable senator has referred to the proposed establishment of a government bookshop and information centre in Brisbane. We have now established such centres in all the other capital cities. I might mention that only this morning I was informed that the sales of government publications and revenue from those sales have increased tremendously. The sales figures for the government bookshop in Melbourne for the last two or three months were about 3 times greater than the figures for the corresponding months of last year. The Department of Services and Property has been looking for a satisfactory site for my Department to establish a bookshop and information centre in Brisbane. I understand that that site has now been found, and the latest information available to me on the subject- it was made available last week- was that a government bookshop and information centre will be established in Brisbane some time in November.

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