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Wednesday, 9 October 1991
Page: 1632

(Question No. 978)

Mr Hollis asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, upon notice, on 21 August 1991:

(1) Did the Government decide to withdraw from UNIDO in September 1987.

(2) Further to the answers to questions Nos. 30 (Hansard, 21 August 1990, page 1213), 426 (Hansard, 22 January 1991, page 300) and 539 (Hansard, 5 March 1991, page 1347), have later departmental examinations and current Budget priorities made it possible for Australia to resume membership.

Dr Blewett —-The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The Government decided to withdraw from UNIDO in the context of the 1987-88 budget process.

(2) Yes. In 1991, a review of UNIDO was submitted to Cabinet which found that, since 1987, the organization had established a reputation for the efficient and effective delivery of technical cooperation programs and development projects.

In determining Australian priorities in the funding of multilateral agencies in the 1991-92 Budget, the Government decided to provide additional funds for a resumption of Australian membership of UNIDO.