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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4540

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What was the value of the aid to (a) India and (b) Pakistan (i) in each of the last four financial years and (ii) budgeted for in 1971-72.

(2)   From the sum allocated in each year, how much was spent on (a) food, (b) other aid given as a result of natural disasters and (c) transport costs in each case.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The value of Australian aid to India and Pakistan in the last four financial years and budgeted for in 1971-72 is:


(2)   (a) and (b) Details are given in the following table of expenditure on food aid, and emergency relief for natural disasters.


(c)   Of the sums listed above for food aid and emergency aid foi natural disasters, transport costs met by Australia amounted to $118,300 for the emergency shipment of wheat for Pakistan in 1970-71. Food aid has been given since 1968-69 under the Food Aid Convention of the International Grains Arrangement (now called the International Wheat Agreement). Under the Convention, Australia's financial obligations are limited to the cost of the grain f.o.b., i.e. stored on the ship.

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