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Tuesday, 4 May 1993
Page: 88

(Question No. 2602)


Senator Alston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development, upon notice, on 30 March 1993:

  (1) Does the department routinely disseminate or circulate all or some of the media releases of its responsible Minister of Ministers to organisations apart from national media organisations; if so, for what reasons are Ministerial media releases circulated by the department, and to how many individuals or organisations.

  (2) For each, and which Ministerial media release circulated in the past 18 months, what was the estimated cost of printing and circulating the releases, and how many copies of the release were circulated.

  (3) Does the department circulate copies of some or all of the speeches made by the Minister; if so, for each of those circulated in the past 18 months, what was the estimated cost of printing and circulating the speech and how many copies of the speech were circulated.


Senator Schacht —The Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Yes, the department disseminates all media releases of its responsible Ministers to organisations apart from national media organisations. The media releases are widely released to advise interested individuals or organisations of changes in policy, membership changes to industry organisations, customs and anti-dumping regulations and similar matters which may not necessarily be reported in the national media. They are also directed to specialist media outlets such as Chambers of Commerce newsletters, science journals and industry publications. At present the media release mailing list contains 690 addresses. Individuals and organisations are placed on the list at their request.

  (2) In the past 18 months, the department has distributed a total of 298 media releases. Of these, 81 were for the Minister for Industry, Technology

and Commerce, Senator the Hon. John Button; 75 were for the Minister for Science and Technology, the Hon. Ross Free MP; and 59 were for the Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs, the Hon. David Beddall MP. The remaining 83 were departmental releases. The estimated total cost of mailing is $19,979.76 cents for all releases distributed in the past 18 months. The estimated printing cost for the 18 months is $4745.65. The releases are photo-reduced and photocopied within the department and are mailed once a week. The estimated cost for printing and mailing each release is $83.00.

  (3) The department does not circulate copies of the Ministers' speeches.