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Thursday, 11 November 1976
Page: 2668

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1   ) Have consultations been held with the Government of Indonesia on the Government's proposal that Australian aid to Timor should be channelled through the Indonesian Red Cross.

(2)   If so, when, where and between whom, were those consultations held.

Mr Peacock (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Foreign Affairs) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1   ) and (2) Discussions on the provision of humanitarian aid for use in East Timor took place in Jakarta on 25 August between officials of the Australian Embassy and representatives of both the Indonesian Government and the Indonesian Red Cross. A cheque in the amount of $83,193 was handed to the Indonesian Red Cross on 6 October for use in East Timor and a further $250,000 will be made available as required.

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