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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

Mr DOBIE (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Minister for External Affairs been drawn to a recent statement attributed to the honourable member for St George that food aid given by Australia was something of a confidence trick for which the Australian taxpayer was the bunny? Is it not a fact that Australian official development assistance, as stated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ranks close to the top of all donor countries as a percentage of national income? In view of this, was not the statement which has been attributed to the honourable member an inaccurate and unwarranted slur on Australia's sincere co-operation with its Asian neighbours?

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