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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1278

(Question No. 26)


Senator Alston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 31 March 1993:

  (1) Does the department routinely disseminate or circulate all or some of the media releases of its responsible Minister or 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 McMullan —The Minister for Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) No. Media releases are available on request.

  (2) The small number of media releases distributed on request does not justify keeping comprehensive records.

  (3) Ministerial speeches are distributed on request. The small number of ministerial speeches distributed in this way does not justify keeping comprehensive records.