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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

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

In relation to the Asian Development Fund, did the Government decide in August 1976 to untie the outstanding balance of our multi-purpose special funds contribution so that it could be transferred to the Asian Development Fund, or had the Government already stated its intentions by March 1976 when the Asian Development Bank published its Annual Report which indicated that this was so.

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

This matter was first considered by the Government in August 1976 when it decided to accept the commitment implied in a statement by the then Treasurer of the previous Government in an address to the Bank 's Board of Governors in April 1975. The reference in the Asian Development Bank's Annual Report 1975 to Australia's decision to untie its contribution was based on the statement by the previous Treasurer.

Motor Vehicles at Overseas Missions (Question No. 1313)

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

(   1 ) What is the (a) number and (b) make of each motor vehicle attached to each Australian overseas mission.

(2)   What was the amount paid by each mission for extra transport costs for the years ended 30 June 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976.

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

(   1 ) See table which follows (2 ).

(2)   The intended purport of 'extra transport costs' is not precisely clear. From time to time when needs arise that cannot be met by official vehicles, missions hire cars. It is not possible, however, to identify expenditure for this purpose. It is charged to the mission's travel vote together with such other costs as leave fares, meal and travel allowances for Australia-based and locally-engaged staff, and travel of Australia-based officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs within the country of posting.



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