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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 182

Asia-Pacific: Curable Blindness

(Question No. 631)


Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 22 September 2011:

In respect of curable blindness in the Asia-Pacific region, (a) since 24 November 2007, what sum of money has the Australian Government spent on addressing this condition, and (b) what countries are receiving Australian Government assistance to address this condition.


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

(a) Australia has spent about $55 million on addressing preventable blindness in the Asia-Pacific region since 24 November 2007.

(b) The countries that are receiving Australian Government assistance to address curable blindness in the Asia-Pacific region are: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Vietnam.