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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 103

(Question No. 612)

Senator Colston asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 10 October 1985:

Will measures be taken to ensure that future contracts contain a clause specifying that Government supplies are to be Australian made (see answer to Question on Notice No. 121, Hansard, 11 October 1985, p. 1107).

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

The Government has a policy of giving preference to Australian made goods and related services in Commonwealth purchasing. All contracts let by the Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS) contain a clause requiring tenders to state the Australian content of goods. As mentioned in the answer to Question No. 121, the pencils used on polling day for the 1984 Federal elections were only part of a large number of stationery items contained in Polling Booth Packs, the contract for which was let by AGPS to an Australian company.