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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2308

(Question No. 633)


Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 17 October 1985:

Has the Department of the Special Minister of State undertaken any functions, investigations, or other duties for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, or have there been any negotiations or discussions with a view to such activities; if so, what was or is involved, what was or is the cost; how many (if any) staff were or are involved.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

The Department of the Special Minister of State has not undertaken any functions, investigations, or other duties for the Australian Bicentennial Authority (ABA). However, discussions with the ABA have taken place on the following matters:

(1) design and proposed production of a medallion to mark the bicentenary;

(2) the need for the ABA to change its official colours to accord with the national colours;

(3) the use of insignia or devices on souvenirs related to the bicentenary; and

(4) the administration of grants to international conferences during 1988.

The discussions were on the basis that the Department was offering advice and guidance on the issues raised. It is not possible to quantify accurately what the cost of the involvement with the ABA was, nor to identify how many staff were involved.