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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2680


Mr THORBURN (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Prime Minister, as Minister for Foreign Affairs, inform the House what assistance Australia is able to give to the 6 African nations where 6 million people are facing death by famine or thirst?


Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - The Department of Foreign Affairs is ascertaining what assistance Australia can give to these 6 countries. Australia has no representatives in any of them. Therefore we have to make our inquiries through specialised agencies of the United Nations, such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation. We have learned that the need is for grain seeds, cattle feed and drilling equipment for wells. We do not have any spare grain seeds or cattle feed, and we are some distance away as regards the supply of drilling equipment. However, it is possible that we will be able to make contributions in cash through international organisations, which will enable some of this equipment and some of these seeds and feed to be procured.







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