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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1631

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

(1)   Has a book bounty been paid in respect of The Jesus Scrolls', written by Donovan Joyce and published by Ferret Books.

(2)   If so, (a) what sum has been paid, and (b) what percentage of this sum has been paid to the Communist Party.

Dr J F Cairns - The Minister for Customs and Excise has provided the following information for answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes. Book bounty has been paid to the manufacturer of the publication 'The Jesus Scrolls'.

(2)   (a) Particulars sought by the honourable member are confidential between the printer and the Department of Customs and Excise. However, the Book Bounty Act provides for an annual return to Parliament showing the number of books produced each year on which bounty has been paid or is payable, the name, address and amount of bounty which has been paid or is payable to each claimant.

(b)   The full amount of bounty was paid by the Commonwealth to the manufacturer of the book.

Minister for the Northern Territory: Administrative Arrangements (Question No. 238)

Mr Calder (NORTHERN TERRITORY) asked the Minister for the Northern Territory, upon notice:

Will he supply details of his Department's area of administrative responsibility?

Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As indicated in the revised Administrative Arrangements Order, the principal matters dealt with by the Department of the Northern Territory are those relating to the administration of the Northern Territory of Australia and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

Subject to the exceptions shown below, these include the Head Office activities associated with policy and executive direction which were the responsibility of the Canberra based Northern Territory Divisions of the former Department -of the Interior together with those functions which were the responsibility of the former Northern Territory Administration.

The exceptions are: the development and implementation of policies for the advancement and welfare including education of the Aboriginal people in the Territory; land surveys; acquisition, leasing and management of land and property on behalf of the Australian Government and administrative servicing of the Northern Territory Police Force.

The responsibility extends to close liaison with all other Departments having a responsibility in the Northern Territory.

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