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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1062

(Question No. 1114)


Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs , upon notice, on 6 September 1984:

(1) What changes have been made in Australia's overseas representation for the financial year 1983-84.

(2) What posts have, in the financial year 1983-84 been: (a) closed; (b) downgraded; (c) upgraded; (d) opened.


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

(1) The following changes have been made in Australia's overseas representation for the financial year 1983-84:

Bolivia-Diplomatic relations were established with the Republic of Bolivia. The Australian Ambassador in Chile is accredited on a non-resident basis to the Republic of Bolivia.

Brunei-upgraded representation from a Commission to High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan following Brunei's Independence.

El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua-Diplomatic relations were established with El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The Australian Ambassador in Mexico is accredited on a non-resident basis to the three countries.

Iceland-Diplomatic relations were established with Iceland. The Australian Ambassador to Denmark is accredited on a non-resident basis to Iceland.

Lebanon-the operations of the Australian Embassy in Beirut were temporarily suspended. The Australian Ambassador in Syria is accredited on a non-resident basis to the Lebanon.

Mauritius-A High Commission was established in Port Louis. Responsibility for conducting Australias diplomatic relations with Mauritius was transferred from the Australian High Commission in Tanzania.

Nepal-An Embassy was established in Kathmandu. The Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi remains accredited as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal.

South Africa (Cape Town)-The Consulate was closed but a Visa Office remains.

United Arab Emirates-upgraded representation from a Consulate-General to an Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Yemen-Diplomatic relations were established with the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. The Australian Ambassador in Saudi Arabia is accredited on a non-resident basis to the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen.

(2)-(a) closed-Cape Town but see (1) above; (b) downgraded-Beirut; (c) upgraded -Abu Dhabi; (d) opened-Port Louis (Mauritius);-Kathmandu (Nepal).