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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1641

Senator GREENWOOD -My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Housing. Is the elaborately printed brochure entitled 'Shelter- Australian Department of Housing' in fact printed, as it appears to be, at public expense as a publication of the Department? If so, will the Minister explain why taxpayers' funds are expended to justify strike action and bans on work imposed by the communist led Builders Labourers Federation and to promote the former secretary of that Federation? Is this an expression of how the Government intends to promote better industrial relations, or is it simply a Government financed propaganda organ for an extremely militant union body?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) -The publication is financed by the Department of Housing. A previous issue contained an article which condemned the construction of the Black Mountain tower, which was contrary to Government policy. I took the matter up with the Minister for Housing and I was told that the publication contains articles which express free opinion; articles are written by various authorities and nothing will be done by the Government to stop an expression of opinion on a building question being included in that journal. I think the columns would be open to Senator Greenwood if he desired to reply.

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