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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr FAIRBAIRN (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister for External Affairs a question. Did he have an opportunity, while he was in New York attending the current session of the United Nations, to discuss the operations of the United Nations Special Fund for under-developed countries with the fund's director, Mr. Hoffman? Does he believe that this fund is operating successfully? Can he tell me approximately how many nations recently pledged support to the fund and what was the total of their pledged contributions? What sort of projects are undertaken by the fund? Is it a fact that about four-fifths of the money from the fund is spent in countries outside the iron curtain?

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