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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3262

Senator MILLINER - I ask my question of the Minister for the Media. One of the initiatives of his Department is the 'Australian Government Digest'. Is it a fact that this reference work is fast gaining a fine reputation in literary circles? Does the Minister have any plans for producing this Digest' more frequently in the future?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I can tell Senator Milliner, who has always had a great interest in the printing industry, he having been I think for some 20 years the Secretary of the Queensland Branch of the Printing and Kindred Industries Union, that the highly regarded journal, the 'Australian Library Journal', recently devoted considerable space to a review of the Australian Government Digest', which is a production of the Australian Government Publishing Service. At present, this 'Digest' comes out quarterly, but it has proved so successful that discussions are now taking place concerning the feasibility of producing it on a weekly basis. There is no doubt that the 'Digest' has made a definite place for itself as an invaluable reference work. It is highly regarded by all sections of the printing industry. Certainly we are looking at bringing it out not on a quarterly basis but now on a weekly basis.

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