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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 183

(Question No. 819)

Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 1 May 1984:

What proportion of: (a) goods; and (b) services used by Government departments, tertiary institutions and statutory authorities acting as consultants, managing agents and supporting authorities in the Australian aid program are sourced from :

(a) Australia;

(b) recipient countries; and

(c) third world countries.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a) The overall proportion of goods used and directly purchased by all government departments (including State departments), tertiary institutions and statutory authorities in the Australian aid program during the 12 months period ending 30 April 1984 was sourced as follows:

(a) 81 per cent-$36.4m

(b) 11 per cent-$5.0m; and

(c) 8 per cent-$3.6m.

(b) The overall proportion of services is close to 100 per cent (estimated value $66m). All services are sourced from Australia; with very few exceptions the personnel would be either Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Services take the form of consultancies for Australian-funded aid projects in developing countries. They are provided by private consultants, tertiary institutions and individuals as well as Federal and State government bodies acting as managing agents.