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Wednesday, 18 February 1987
Page: 309

(Question No. 4986)

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 28 November 1986:

(1) Does Australia support UNICEF's goal of achieving universal immunisation of all the world's children by 1990.

(2) Does Australia endorse the programs of UNICEF and WHO to give effect to this obligation, other than through contributions to the core budgets of each organisation.

(3) Has Australia provided special purpose funding to the Third World Health Group's recommendation of an additional $30m to the Child Immunisation Program over the next 5 years.

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

(1) Yes.

(2) Australia endorses the immunisation programs of UNICEF and WHO. It does not provide financial support to any specific WHO immunisation activities other than through core budget contributions. In the case of UNICEF, Australia provides direct support for immunisation activities in Indo-China and for other programs with an immunisation component, as well as more general support through the core budget.

(3) No.