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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2568

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice:

(1)   Have the provincial daily newspapers in Victoria, with a circulation of approximately 381,000, carried the advertisement giving the terms of reference of the Royal Commission into the Post Office.

(2)   Have the non-daily country newspapers in Victoria, with a circulation of 1.75 million and covering 350 centres, been unable to secure this advertisement.

(3)   If so, and as these people and centres can be vitally affected by the Royal Commission, will the Minister correct this situation.

Mr Daly - The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   to (3) The matter of public notices advising of the appointment of the Australian Post Office Commission of Inquiry and inviting submissions within its terms of reference is the responsibility of the Commission. I om informed by the Commission that the public notices in this case appeared in all daily newspapers, both metropolitan and provincial, published throughout Australia - four times in the morning editions and twice in the afternoon editions. The 52 newspapers involved have a daily circulation of about 5.4 million. The Commission considers that the extensive coverage through newspapers was reasonable to draw the attention of interested persons, groups, associations, etc., to the establishment of and the terms of reference given to the Commission.

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