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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2952

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   What progress has been made with the legislation on public lending rights (Hansard, 20th August 1971, page 468 and 9th December 1971, page 4564).

(2)   Which other departments are involved in the matter (Hansard, 20th August, 1971, page 468).

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The AttorneyGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The proposal that a public lending right should be established and a fund set up for the making of payments to Australian authors has continued to be the subject of investigation by, my Department in consultation with other interested Departments. Additional material has recently been received from the Australian Society of Authors. This material has been supplied to enable some estimate to be made of the likely cost of the proposals made by the Society. The next steps to be taken are now being considered.

(2)   The other Departments presently involved in the matter are the Departments of the Treasury and of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts.

Northern Territory Ordinances (Question No. 5529)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

Will , he bring up to date the information on Northern Territory ordinances which he gave on 16th March 1971 (Hansard, page 965).

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:



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