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Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Page: 246

Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 7 December 2006:

What was the total cost of the allied contribution to the stabilisation of Iraq during the calendar year ending 30 December 2006.

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

A figure for the total cost of international efforts to support the stabilisation of Iraq is not available. To determine the cost of contributions of each of the twenty seven coalition partners, as well as NATO and multilateral contributions, would entail a significant diversion of resources. I do not consider the additional work can be justified.