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Wednesday, 24 March 1999
Page: 4349

Mr Latham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 17 February 1999:

What sums did (a) Australia and (b) Portugal pay in 1973-74 and each subsequent financial year to (i) the Red Cross and (ii) other international organisations to support their activities in East Timor.

Mr Downer (Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Australia's contributions to international organisations are a matter of public record, and are detailed in the Budget Papers. The extent to which international organisations which have received budgetary support from Australia have, since 1973/74, supported activities in East Timor under their programs is not readily ascertainable. My Department is currently devoting its resources to current and future developments in East Timor.