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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 88

(Question No. 4899)


Mr Jull asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 14 November 1986:

(1) What sums (a) have been committed by the Government to Expo 88 and (b) will be committed by the time Expo 88 opens.

(2) Of these sums, what has been or will be committed to (a) the Australian pavilion and (b) other purposes.

(3) What are the details of the individual items that comprise the figures given in answer to part 2 (b).


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

(1) (a) The Government is committed to meeting costs associated with:

The Operation of the Office of the Commissioner-General of Expo 88

The planning, construction and operation of the Australian pavilion at Expo 88

The provision of assistance to enable developing countries to participate in Expo 88

The provision of customs, immigration, security and other services needs generated by Expo 88.

Expenditure against the Office of the Commissioner-General of Expo 88 was $28,848 in 1983/84, $225, 429 in 1984/85 and $217,385 in 1985/86. An amount of $310,000 has been appropriated in 1986/87.

Expenditure to date on the Australian pavilion is $3m in 1984/85 (held in trust by the Brisbane and South Bank Redevelopment Authority) and $1,617 in 1985/86.

There has been no Commonwealth expenditure to date on assistance to developing countries or the provision of customs, immigration, security and other services needs generated by Expo 88.

(1) (b) A budget of $18m has been set for the planning, construction and operation of the Australian pavilion. The total amounts to be committed to the operation of the Office of the Commissioner-General of Expo 88 and the costs of customs, immigration, security and other services needs have yet to be determined.

The Commonwealth is to contribute up to $1.28m (from the interest on the money held in trust by BESBRA) in 1987/88 towards assisting the participation of developing countries such as, for example, China, South Pacific countries and ASEAN nations.

(2) (a) and (2) (b) see answer to (1) (a) and (1) (b) above.

(3) See answers to (1) (a) and (1) (b) above.