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27 Jan u ary 1974

AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AGENCY

The M in is te r f o r F o re ig n A f f a i r s , S e n a to r W ille s e e ,

announced tod ay t h a t th e Government was p ro cee d in g on an a d m in is tr a tiv e b a s is w ith th e e s ta b lis h m e n t o f th e

A u s tr a lia n Development A s s is ta n c e Agency.

S e n a to r W ille see s a id t h a t a lth o u g h i t had n o t

been p o s s ib le to in tro d u c e l e g i s l a t i o n d u rin g th e l a s t

s e s s io n o f P a r lia m e n t, an o f f i c e o f th e Agency had been

e s ta b lis h e d by a d m in is tr a tiv e a c tio n w ith in th e D epartm ent o f

F o re ig n A f f a i r s . h.·

L e g is la tio n to c r e a te th e agency would be in tro d u c e d

e a r l y i n th e new s e s s io n o f P a rlia m e n t and fo llo w in g passage

o f th e l e g i s l a t i o n th e Government would recommend to th e E x ec u tiv e C ouncil t h a t Mr. L.W. Johnson be ap p o in te d to th e

. s t a t u t o r y p o s it io n o f head o f th e Agency. f . -

S e n a to r W ille se e s a id t h a t th e Government was an x io u s to move a s r a p id ly a s p o s s ib le to im plem ent i t s d e c is io n to

e s t a b l i s h th e Agency, which would have r e s p o n s i b i l i t y f o r

a d m in is te r in g a l l A u s t r a l i a 's developm ent a id program s. .