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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1557

Mr DUTHIE (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. In view of the Prime Minister's keen and stated interest in the representations on public lending rights from the Australian Society of Authors, I ask him whether the Government is currently examining the proposition by authors . that for each copy of each Australian book on the shelves of lending libraries the Commonwealth could pay a fee estimated at 25c a year, 20c to go to the author and 5c to the publisher. Can the Prime Minister give our authors any encouragement that public lending rights will become law?

Mr WHITLAM - The Literature Board of the Australian Council of the Arts has been considering this matter for the last couple of months. I have discussed the matter with the Council. I am confident that as a result of the consideration and the recommendation of the Board legislation will be introduced into the Australian Parliament, lt could not however be introduced during this present sessional period.

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