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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1726

Dr SOLOMON (DENISON, TASMANIA) - Is the- Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts aware that most, if not all, of the larger advertising agencies in Australia are now overseas owned or controlled? Does the nature of the Commonwealth Advertising Division's business, for which applications from agencies were recently called, permit Australian owned companies to tender on a normal competitive basis?

Mr HOWSON (CASEY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts) - If the honourable member has had his attention drawn to this matter by some people in his electorate, I presume that they have ..seen the application form that is now available. The honourable member will see from that form that one of the main' conditions is that applicants must be able to provide the required facilities in all State capital cities. That is the major requirement. However; an application by a consortium of separate advertising agencies will : be acceptable in accordance with the conditions laid down. As I informed the Leader of the Opposition a few days ago, if people who have not yet tendered wish to make late applications, I will consider those applications. However, I have been informed that,1 according to the -last figures available, which are for the year ended 30th June 1970, approximately 80 per cent of the dis- .bursements from the pool in commissions distributed by the Commonwealth advertising agencies went to Australian owned agencies and there is no different policy today from that in the past. All that the Government wants to ensure is that it gets the very best service that is available for the Commonwealth.

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