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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3470

Question No. 777

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 16 November 1983:

Did the Minister's Department, and any agencies reporting to the Minister, put in place alternative mailing arrangements during the recent Canberra mail strike ; if so, what was the extra cost in each case.

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

No alternative mailing arrangements were introduced by either the Department of Home Affairs and Environment or any of the statutory authorities within the portfolio.

On the other hand there was some increase in the use of existing courier services. The estimated extra cost was:

$ (a) Department of Home Affairs and Environment 1,600 (b) Australian Film and Television School 30 (c) Office of the Supervising Scientist 30 (d) Australian Bicentennial Authority 40 (e) Australian National Gallery 210