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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2188

Senator SIM - Does the Minister for Foreign Affairs agree that the resettlement of refugees is one of the most urgent tasks facing the South Vietnamese Government? Is it a fact that many governments are contributing towards this urgent and humanitarian task? Does Australia intend to make a contribution to assist these unfortunate people?

Senator WILLESEE - Yes. As I am sure Senator Sim knows, we are contributing quite substantially to South Vietnam. What that country does with that money is its business.

Senator SIM - I understand that it is a separate fund.

Senator WILLESEE - I am not sure of that. But generally we allow the South Vietnamese to do what they think fit with the money. We try not to interfere in what they do with it. If this involves a separate fund, I can check on the matter to see how we weld it into the aid program.

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