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Tuesday, 24 March 1987
Page: 1445

(Question No. 4994)


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

(1) What sums were provided by the Government to (a) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (b) World Health Organisation, (c) United Nations Children's Fund and (d) United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation in all aid categories each year since 1980-81.

(2) What did these sums represent as a percentage of the total Australian foreign aid budget for each year for each organisation.

(3) How many dollars did those amounts represent per head of the Australian population each year for each organisation.


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

(1) The sums provided by the Government in all aid categories to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for each year since 1980-81 are as follows:

$A

1981-82

1982-83

1983-84

1984-85

1985-86

UNHCR...

11,932,000

14,523,000

17,203,000

7,358,000

16,856,000

WHO...

3,978,000

4,755,000

4,681,000

5,075,000

5,562,000

UNICEF...

6,200,000

10,870,000

6,060,000

6,073,000

6,200,000

UNESCO...

90,000

294,000

192,000

285,000

157,000

(2) The percentage of the total Australian foreign aid budget for each year for each organisation was:

OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (ODA)

$A

1981-82

1982-83

1983-84

1984-85

1985-86

657,790,000

744,620,000

833,168,000

1,011,403,000

1,030,964,000

% of ODA

% of ODA

% of ODA

% of ODA

% of ODA

UNHCR...

1.81

1.95

2.06

0.73

1.63

WHO...

0.60

0.64

0.56

0.50

0.54

UNICEF...

0.94

1.46

0.73

0.60

0.60

UNESCO...

0.01

0.04

0.02

0.03

0.02

(3) The amount in dollars that these amounts represented per head of the Australian population each year for each organisation was:

AUSTRALIAN POPULATION1

1981-82

1982-83

1983-84

1984-85

1985-86

15,178,400

15,378,600

15,555,900

15,728,400

15,973,900

$/Head

$/Head

$/Head

$/Head

$/Head

UNHCR...

0.79

0.94

1.11

0.47

1.06

WHO...

0.26

0.31

0.30

0.32

0.35

UNICEF...

0.41

0.71

0.39

0.39

0.39

UNESCO...

0.006

0.02

0.01

0.02

0.001

1 ``Estimated Resident Population'', Monthly Summary of Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics, January 1987, p.1.