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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4069

(Question No. 4830)

Mr Braithwaite asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 21 October 1986:

Did his Department tender advice that Australia should not honour its obligations to the Tin Rescue Plan (Tinco); if so why?

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Department of Foreign Affairs was certainly involved in the examination by officials of the TINCO Plan. However, it is not appropriate for me to reveal advice tendered by officials to ministers. As you will be aware the Government's position was that Australia should accept the Tinco proposal and, subject to all other parties signifying similar acceptance, contribute Australia's share of funds needed to implement the proposal.