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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 69

(Question No. 820)

Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 1 May 1984:

Are government departments, tertiary institutions and statutory authorities selected as consultants, managing agents and supporting authorities for projects in the Australian aid program bound by the preferential purchasing policies of the Commonwealth and, where applicable, State governments.

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

The arrangements entered into with consultants/ managing agents provide for all goods and services required for a project to be procured strictly in accordance with the regulations governing such procurement. Commonwealth departments and statutory authorities are bound by Commonwealth purchasing preference arrangements. State Government Departments and statutory authorities as well as tertiary institutions are bound by their own regulations and purchasing and preference policies.

The extent to which preference should be a consideration in purchases for the Australian aid program will be considered in the light of the Jackson Committee' s report on Australian aid policy.