Govt publications

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Subject: Govt publications
From: "Judy Caughley" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 09:04:23 +1000
For everyone's information
Govt publications are prepared by govt departments and the information therein is written or compiled by govt employees. When a publication is ready to go to print, the foreword is usually written (or checked by) by the public servant in charge of the publication project. It then goes to the head of dept for vetting and, if okayed, it goes to the minister's office, where it is checked by his staff. Whether the minister would bother to read something like a foreword that is going out over his signature is a moot point - he should be able to trust his departmental staff to get it right - else they are not worth their salt. After all, they should know more about the subject since they wrote it!
Once the foreword is approved, the attachment of the minister's signature is via a signature block, so the signature does not mean  the minister has sighted it. Frankly i don't see why they should have to read such things when there are so many discussion papers, updates and briefing notes that they have to get through each day. So don't blame the polly for any mistakes, blame his dept.
Sounds like I'm pro-politicians - haha what a joke. But surely everyone has watched Yes Minister.
Enough said
An ex-commonwealth public servant who spent some time in a publishing branch
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