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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 2907


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(5.32) —I am advised that apart from the Australia-Japan Foundation the Australia-China Council is the only other body that is given money in advance. Whether its entrepreneurial skills are up to those of the Australia-Japan Foundation I am not sure. No doubt, Senator Michael Baume, with his usual enthusiasm, will in due course find out. I will also ensure that these remarks are drawn to the attention of the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) who has general responsibility for the oversight of statutory authorities and bodies of this kind.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Department of Defence

Proposed expenditure, $6,589,130,000.