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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 172

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 12 November 2008:

Given that Australia pledged $5 million to the United Nations for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal:

(1)   What will this money be spent on.

(2)   What accountability mechanisms does the Australian Government have in place to ensure the $5 million will be spent on the purposes for which it is given.

Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs in response to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The $5 million will contribute to funding the UN’s assistance to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in the period 2008-2009. The UN’s assistance includes remuneration of the international judges, the international co-prosecutor, the Deputy Director of the Office of Administration and other international personnel, remuneration of defence counsel and witness travel within Cambodia and from abroad.

(2)   The UN has strong accountability mechanisms including financial regulations and audit processes to ensure funds are used as intended. Regular consolidated financial reports are provided to Australia. Australia regularly reviews budgetary issues, including through a donor Steering Committee, and monitors developments at the Chambers.