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Tuesday, 4 May 1993
Page: 64

(Question No. 2470)

Senator Walsh asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 8 December 1992:

  (1) Are Australian Government Bookshops (AGB) selling Australian Conservation Foundation and/or Wilderness Society laminated posters and Christmas cards; if so, what retail mark-up are the AGB applying; (a) if they have purchased the stock; and (b) if they are selling on a commission basis.

  (2) Are AGB selling, or have they previously sold, non-government products; if so, what commission or mark-up did they receive.

Senator Bolkus —I have been advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) Yes (both are sold); AGPS receives the standard commercial discount off the retail price recommended by the supplier, (a) yes; (b) no.

  (2) Yes. A small selection of non-government material which focuses on the activities of government or is of regional interest is stocked at the discretion of individual Bookshop managers. The usual commercial terms apply.