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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 874

Senator BUTTON (VICTORIA) -Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs supply details as to the number of copies of Australian magazines of a cultural and informative nature distributed to Australian diplomatic and trade posts abroad? Will the Minister additionally supply details as to the number and names of Australian magazines of a non-profit, cultural nature, specifically those published under some form of subsidy from the Australian Council for the Arts which are distributed to posts abroad? For the purposes of this inquiry I would wish the Minister to refer especially to the major Australian literary magazines such as 'Meanjin', 'Southerly', 'Overland' and 'Quadrant'.

Senator WILLESEE -The Australian Information Service supplies our 75 posts abroad with the type of material to which the honourable senator refers. The Service comes under the jurisdiction of the Minister for the Media. The Department of Foreign Affairs makes its requirements known. As I understand it, there is a general distribution of serial publications including those dealing with statistics as well as general articles. Each post individually informs the Department of Foreign Affairs what it wants. I know that 'Meanjin' and 'Quadrant' are two of the magazines which the posts receive. I certainly could not give Senator Button a complete answer off the top of my head. I will obtain a comprehensive list and let him have it.

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