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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 191

(Question No. 861)

Senator Sibraa asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs , upon notice, on 2 May 1984:

Did Mr Owen Harries submit reports to the Department of Foreign Affairs relating to his visits outside of France as Australian Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; if so, to which visits did these reports relate.

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

In his capacity as Australian Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Mr Harries represented Australia at the World Conference on Cultural Policies in Mexico City from 26 July to 6 August 1982 and provided a report on that conference to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Mr Harries participated in the Commonwealth expert study group on obstacles to North-South negotiations and reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs on the work of that study group. As regards the other visits which Mr Harries had outside France during his term as Australian permanent delegate to UNESCO, these were in connection with the responsibility assigned to him by the then Prime Minister for monitoring work in various research and policy institutions. I understand the reports which Mr Harries submitted on these visits were made to the then Government.