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Tuesday, 3 March 1998
Page: 274

Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism, upon notice, on 18 November 1997:

(1) Has he or his representative had discussions, formal or otherwise, with a representative of the German government regarding Australia's participation in the Expo 2000 World Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany; if so, (a) what was the nature of the discussions and (b) were undertakings concerning Australia's participation given; if so, what undertakings.

(2) Has he or his representative given an assurance to a representative of the German government that Australia would participate in Expo 2000.

(3) Has he made personal representations to (a) the Prime Minister or (b) the Treasurer to seek the funds needed to establish an Australian pavilion at the Expo 2000; if so, what was the outcome; if not, why not.

Mr Moore (Industry, Science and Technology) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) I met with representatives of the German government on several occasions to discuss the German interest in securing Australian participation in Expo 2000. Officers of my Department also met with such representatives for the same purpose.

(b) I undertook to consider information provided.

(2) Yes.

(3) The Prime Minister announced on 1 December 1997 that funding would be shared on a 50:50 basis with the States and Territories following an offer from the Premier of Queensland, Mr Borbidge, to arrange a contribution of $8.5 million towards the cost of an Australian pavilion. The Commonwealth will match this contribution.