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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 990

(Question No. 4993)

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 17 February 1987:

(1) Will Australia be making a contribution to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 1986-87.

(2) Will Australia be making a pledge to IFAD's special program for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. Payments totalling $1.7 million are expected to be made in 1986-87.

(2) The Government is presently conducting a comparative assessment of the value of Australia's participation in international financial institutions and IFAD, as a basis for determining future contributions. Any contribution to this special program will be considered in the context of the review.