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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3460


Senator Carrick asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Did the publication, Australian Foreign Affairs Record, state in its August 1974 edition that the Saudi Arabian Budget expenditure on its Ministry of Defence and Aviation had risen from $1.9 billion in 1973-74 to $3.1 billion in 1974-75?

(2)   What are the main items of additional expenditure involved, in terms of (a) men; (b) equipment and (c) other items?

(3)   what are the comparable Budget increases for each of the other oil-producing countries of the Middle East for the period referred to in ( 1 )?

(4)   What are the comparable Budget expenditures for Israel for the period referred to in (1 )?


Senator Willesee - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Details of the main items of additional envisaged expenditure are not available.

(3)   Comparable budget increases for each of the other oilproducing countries of the Middle East are as follows:

 

(4)   Israel 1973 $US 1 , 474; 1 974, $US3,688.

Source: Military Balance 1974-75 from International Institute of Strategic Studies, September 1974.







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