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The objective of the Council's public awareness program is to increase awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India. The program has served generally to broaden the reach of the Council's activities.
The key element of the program during 1998-99, as during the preceding two years, was the Australia-India Focus newsletter, jointly funded by the AIC, the Australia-India Business Council (AIBC) and Austrade, and published by the AIBC for distribution in both Australia and India. In the light of the continuing positive public response to Australia-India Focus, particularly as indicated by a reader survey carried out by the AIBC, the Council agreed to contribute to the costs of a third year of publication of the newsletter. (Subscription details for Australia-India Focus-for which there is no cost-are at page 31).
The Council also provided funding to enable Australia-India Focus Editor Mr Christopher Snedden to visit India in February 1999 to report on the visit of Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer, the Australia-India Joint Business Council meeting and other bilateral meetings in a special issue of the newsletter.