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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
Page: 1408

Question No. 336

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 23 August 1983:

(1) Is it a fact that the Australian Government Publishing Service has been unable to provide for sale to the public, maps of Australia and Australian posters.

(2) If so, why has this situation occurred.

(3) Will he advise whether public funds can be made available for this purpose.

Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The public was able to purchase from the Australian Government Publishing Service Bookshops a selection of Australian maps and prints until 1982, when stocks of these items ceased to be replenished. Some items have therefore not been available.

(2) In 1981 the then Government decided to lease the AGPS Bookshops and preparations towards this end were commenced. In that situation, it was considered necessary to run down stocks of maps and prints not published by AGPS .

(3) Following the reversal by the present Government of the decision to lease the AGPS Bookshops, stocks of maps and prints have now been replenished and all Bookshops have stocks available.