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Friday, 30 April 1971

What are the functions of the News and Information Bureau? Answer

The functions of the News and Information Bureau are as follows:

(i)   To produce, as required, publicity and information material for dissemination abroad with the objects of making Australia as a whole more widely and more favourably known; of helping the people of other countries to understand Australia's outlook, endeavours and potentialities; and of helping to foster good relationships in all Australia's dealings with other countries.

(ii)   In consultation with the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry and Immigration, prepare or assist in the preparation of publicity and information material as a background to their specific objectives.

(iii)   To provide, as may be required for attachment to Australian missions abroad, Specialist Information Officers to pursue the above objectives in the field.

(iv)   Within Australia, to act as a common service agency for the supply of specialised publicity and information services to Departments and instrumentalities requiring them.

(v)   To be responsible for film production for Commonwealth purposes and for the administration of the Australian National Film Board.







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