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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3726

Mr Hurford asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has he given instructions for the Report of the Film and Television School for the year 1 973-74 to be reprinted at an additional cost of $2,000.

(2)   If so, was this expenditure ordered because the present Prime Minister objected to the former Prime Minister being designated as Prime Minister in the Report, even though the former Prime Minister held that position during the period covered by the Report.

(3)   In view of the Government's desires to cut public spending, what is the justification for this waste.

Mr Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) No. I am told that my Department drew the School's attention to a discrepancy in the Report, and that the School on its own initiative withdrew the Report and took the action to have it reprinted. I had not seen the Report and issued no instructions on the matter.

I am told also that the School had the Report reprinted because this was cheaper and quicker than reprinting, trimming and restapling one page. The cost was $ 1 , 1 70.

I am surprised that something more economical could not have been done, and I certainly do not endorse the unnecessary spending of public funds.

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