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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr Keating (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What amounts of aid have been given by the Australian Government to Fiji over each of the last three financial years for which figures are available.

(2)   What are the classes of projects upon which this aid has been expended.

(3)   Through what organisations or agencies has the aid been channelled.

(4)   Does the Government intend to increase its aid contributions to Fiji having regard lo the likely granting of independence to Fiji later this year; if so, to what extent.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   Australia has provided the following amounts of aid to Fiji in the period 1966-67-1968-69:


These figures are for bilateral aid and do not include benefits to Fiji from multilateral programmes !o which Australia contributes.

(2)   Aid has been given in the following forms:


(3)   This bilateral aid has been given direct lo Fiji.

(4)   The Government has not taken any decision yet as to the amounts of aid which will be provided in the 1970-71 Commonwealth Budget, including the amount which will be provided for Fiji.

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