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Tuesday, 16 November 1976

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

What sum has the Australian taxpayer been saved in reduced expenditure by Australian Missions abroad in (a) liquor consumption, (b) domestic staff for Heads of Missions, (c) entertainment generally and (d) other specified reductions in expenditure since the Prime Minister announced his cut-back m Government expenditure.

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

It is not possible to give an estimate of savings made within individual categories of expenditure as a result of cutbacks in expenditure announced by the Government. While the expenditure of the Department of Foreign Affairs has increased overall, the rate of increase is less than it would have been had the Government not embarked on a policy of stringent economies. Earlier this year, the Government reduced by 25 per cent entertainment allowance for Ambassadors and other officers with representational duties. Because of a number of variables, it is not possible to give a precise indication of the amount of money saved through this measure. It would be of the order of $200,000 for a full financial year.

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