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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 806


Senator WILKINSON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minis ter representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

Will the Postmaster-General make available to the Senate the terms ofthe successful tenders for publication of the Pink Pages in the respective telephone directories recently accepted in all States.


Senator GREENWOOD The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It is the policy of the Post Office not to disclose detailed prices of a contract or other information beyond that which is published in the Commonwealth Gazette. However, in respect to the new directory advertising contracts, additional information is being made available because of the great public interest in this matter particularly in regard to the contracts for New South Wales and Victoria.

The position was that Directories (Aust.) Pty Ltd offered the best tenders for all States. For instance, the net return to the Department offered by Directories (Aust.) Pty Ltd for the New South Wales directotries was, depending on the actual sales achieved, from 13.6 per cent to 15.8 per cent higher than that offered by Edward H. O'Brien Pty Ltd. For the Victorian directories, the range was from 13.7 per cent to 25.7 per cent and, for a combination of both States' directories, the net returns from the offer by Directories (Aust.) Ply Ltd were from 9.8 per cent to 15.1 per cent better than those from Edward H. O'Brien Pty Ltd. However, the Department decided on a policy of having at least 2 contractors as it was considered in the public interest to maintain competition between contractors. Against this background, Edward H. O'Brien Pty Ltd was granted the contract for New South Wales which represents slightly more than 40 per cent of the total business.







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