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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 2095

(Question No. 707)


Senator Coleman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 8 March 1984:

What is the total amount Australia will spend in 1983-84 on disarmament efforts .


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It is not possible to be precise about how much Australia will spend in 1983-84 on disarmament efforts since disarmament is but one of many functions of the Department of Foreign Affairs and of other organs of the government. Many government departments work on a range of matters relevant to disarmament and arms control. It is not possible to identify what percentage of costs of maintaining the foreign service or what fraction of the Public Service's overall expenditure could be attributed to disarmament functions.

Similarly it would be difficult to attribute a certain percentage of Australia' s annual contribution to the budget of the United Nations to disarmament.

Readily identifiable costs are expected to be as follows:

Salaries and allowances of staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra, Geneva and New York, who are exclusively concerned with disarmament $ 613,568

Associated costs borne by the Overseas Property Office (rentals et cetera) $179 ,972

Travel to disarmament conferences, contributions to the running cost of conferences, contributions to peace and disarmament organisations $179,536

In all, a total of $973,077 is expected to be spent in 1983-84 on readily identifiable disarmament activities but as noted above this does not represent more than a fraction of Australia's spending on disarmament for the current financial year.