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Tuesday, 18 March 1980
Page: 713

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Has the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services seen a report that a large advertising agency which conducts business in Australia is calling on all advertising agencies that do work for the Commonwealth under the Australian Government Advertising Service arrangement of payment to inform the Government that, at the beginning of the next financial year, their terms of business for Commonwealth work will be the same as those for any other client? Is the Minister aware that the advertising agency concerned does defence recruiting work for the Government and that it is a 100 per cent foreign-owned agency? Did the former Minister for Administrative Services in the Fraser Government make a statement that it was Government policy that, where creative ability was considered to be at least equal, preference of engagement would be given to Australianowned agencies? Is that still Government policy? If so, will the Minister ask the Australian Government Advertising Service to review the work being done for the Commonwealth by all foreign-owned advertising agencies, especially any matter concerned with the defence of Australia?

Senator SCOTT - The honourable senator's question covers a whole range of matters. I do not have information on those matters immediately to hand. I shall refer the question in full to the Minister concerned.

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