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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3079

Senator Primmer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Melbourne to Canberra overnight rail passenger service via Goulburn now been suspended for a period of ten weeks.

(2)   Have other mainline services, such as the 'Southern Aurora' and 'Spirit of Progress' between Sydney and Melbourne now returned to normal.

(3)   If the answers to (1) and (2) are in the affirmative, what are the intentions of the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner, the New South Wales Department of Transport and the Victorian Railways Department concerning restoration of the Canberra overnight service.

Senator Cavanagh - The answer to Senator Primmer's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Yes.

(3)   At the time of the proposed suspension in February, by New South Wales Railways, of the Melbourne-Canberra through car, Commonwealth Railways expressed their concern and asked that the matter be reconsidered. In September when the 'Southern Aurora' and the 'Spirit of Progress' were resumed without the Canberra service, Commonwealth Railways again made strong representations to New South Wales Railways. The following reply was received:

It is advised that the through composite carriage attached to the 'Spirit of Progress' between Melbourne and Goulburn was discontinued during the recent fuel crisis. At this stage there are no plans to restore the service.'

It will be appreciated that this service is not controlled by Commonwealth Railways. However, they have undertaken to again raise the matter at Commissioner level.

AIDC Advertising Account (Question No. 333)

Senator Missen asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did the Prime Minister receive a letter, dated 7 October 1974, from the Australian-owned Advertising Agencies Council relating to a claim that the substantial advertising account of the Australian Industry Development Corporation was to be given to Leo Burnett, Melbourne, a wholly foreign-owned advertising agency; if so, what reply was made.

(2)   Docs the Government, in the light of its expressed policies, intend to proceed with the proposal mentioned.

(3)   Will the Prime Minister give an assurance to the Australian advertising industry that, in determining this and other Government accounts, due regard will be paid to assisting Australian-owned enterprises.

Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) and ( 2 ) Yes. I have replied to the Secretary of the Australianowned Advertising Agencies Council, giving the reasons for the decision by the AIDC to select Leo Burnett Pty Ltd as its advertising agency.

The AIDC took a great deal of care in selecting an agency to handle its advertising. With the help of expert advice from an Australian marketing consultant, 16 advertising agencies were interviewed and 3 of these made detailed presentations of their experience to the AIDC. Two of these 3 agencies were Australian-owned.

The final step in the selection of the agency was the preparation of preliminary campaign outlines on AIDC subject matter by two agencies. Leo Burnett, which is foreign-owned but which employs Australians exclusively in Australia, was finally selected on the AIDC 's judgment of the merits of the preliminary campaign developed.

(3)   It is the policy of the Australian Government to give preference to Australian-owned enterprises when firms submit tenders which meet specifications and are equal in respect of price and availability. As a principle, the AIDC will seek to use Australian-owned services wherever these appear to be the most appropriate and effective to suit their individual needs.

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