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Thursday, 22 September 1949

Mr DUTHIE - I remind the Minister for Information that approximately two and half years ago the Melbourne Herald produced an excellent publication entitled Listeners' Guide to Canberra. The booklet included the photographs of all the members of the Commonwealth Parliament and gave much detailed and interesting information about the functioning of this legislature. The publication was of great value to schools. I understand that the supply of copies is exhausted, and that the Melbourne Herald does not propose to issue another edition. On behalf of the many people who have approached me personally about the matter, will the Minister make representations to the proprietors of the Melbourne Herald, provided he can get an audience with them, in order to ascertain whether that newspaper will issue another edition of this excellent publication, if not immediately, then after the forthcoming election when the number of Labour members of the Parliament will be substantially increased ?

Mr CALWELL - I shall give sympathetic consideration to the honorable member's suggestion that I consult Sir Keith Murdoch about the production of a joint Commonwealth-Melbourne Herald publication for the information of members of the Parliament and for the edification of the people generally. If Sir Keith Murdoch is willing to have the assistance of the Commonwealth, and we are willing to have his assistance in the matter, we may be able to produce a joint socialist-private enterprise publication that will b'e in keeping with many other splendid examples of what this Government has been able to do in conjunction with private enterprise.

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