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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2468


Mr Garland asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   How much foreign aid, formerly promised to South Vietnam, has been cancelled by the Government since 5th December 1972.

(2)   On what specific projects, or in respect of what categories of aid, had it been agreed that aid would be given.

(3)   If the full amount had not been agreed or allocated, in what specific categories was the Government or former Government considering making such aid.


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

(1)   The former Government had said that it would provide economic and military assistance worth $25m to South Vietnam over the 3 years to June 1974. Of this sum, a figure of $12m had been notionally predicated by the former Government for defence aid to South Vietnam, of which approximately $3. 748m was committed. My Government has announced the cessation of military aid to South Vietnam.

(2)   and (3) Economic development aid is continuing, as originally envisaged, both in respect of projects already under way and new projects. As is customary, projects are selected in the light of priorities proposed by the Government of South Vietnam and include several water supply projects, the reconstruction of the Bien Hoa hospital and the supply of equipment to the Vietnam Power Co. and the Posts, Telegraph and Telecommunications Department







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