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Monday, 24 May 1993
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(Question No. 68)


Senator Short asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, upon notice, on 28 January 1993:

  (1) What funding, grant or other form of payment, has the department and its agencies approved to trade unions since 1 July 1992, in each case, please provide details of; (a) the name of the trade union; (b) the purpose of the funding; and (c) under what program the funding was made.

  (2) Are there any proposals for further funding to trade unions; if so, please provide details on the amount, recipient and purpose of the funding.

  (3) Could these details be provided by 8 February 1993.


Senator Gareth Evans —The answer to the honourable senator's question, in respect of programs administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is as follows:

The Australian Teachers Union (ATU)

  (1)(a) The Australian Teachers Union

  (b) $12,212 to fund the ATU Teaching English in China 1993 program. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funding of this scheme is limited to the provision of costs associated with participants' travel to China and back, and superannuation contributions for the period spent in China by program participants.

  (c) Sub-program 4.4—Cultural Relations

  (2) No.

Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia

  (1)(a) Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia

  (b) $14,363 for travel and accommodation costs for six Indian trade unionists to visit Perth to participate in the Indian Ocean Region Trade Union Conference and Cultural Sub-Conference, 3-11 December 1992, and for meetings with trade unions and business leaders.

  (c) Grants and Contributions (Trust Fund)—Australia-India Council

  (2) No.

Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia

  (1)(a) Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia

  (b) $1,533 for travel costs for Djoko Pekik to attend the Cultural Sub-Conference, Indian Ocean Region Trade Union Conference, Perth, 3-11 December 1992.

  (c) Grants and Contributions (Trust Fund)—Australia-Indonesia Institute

  (2) No.

Mr Peter Duncan, Australian Council of Trade Unions

  (1)(a) Mr Peter Duncan, Australian Council of Trade Unions

  (b) $4,000 for study visit to Indonesia on trade union relationships.

  (c) Grants and Contributions (Trust Fund)—Australia-Indonesia Institute

  (2) No.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australian Journalists Association Section) (MEAA)

  (1)(a) Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Australian Journalists Association Section)

  (b) It is proposed that a grant of $31,000 be made to the MEAA to fund familiarisation/working visits to the South East Asia/South West Pacific region in 1992/93 by Australian journalists, under a program jointly administered by the MEAA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Similar grants have been made annually since this program was established in 1984.

  (c) Sub-program 4.3—Public Information

  (2) It is proposed that a grant of $31,000 will again be made to the MEAA in 1993/94 if the program continues.

  The answer to the honourable senator's question, in respect of programs administered by the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, is as follows:

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $200,000 to assist Palestinians, living as refugees in the Middle East, in education and training and to assist with long term development programs aimed at self sufficiency and sustainability. In particular, the program is providing development assistance to women in rural areas and in refugee camps through training programs in rural agriculture and dairy production, processing and canning, childcare training, health worker and teacher training.

  (c) Emergency, Refugee and Relief Programs

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $750,000 over three years for projects in the Middle East in the following areas:

upgrading existing educational facilities on the West Bank and Gaza;

health care training;

improved development and implementation of community health, maternal and child care services;

upgrading of agricultural knowledge, expertise and skills in rural areas of the West Bank and Gaza; and

development of cooperatives which strengthen rural infrastructure, providing jobs and income.

  (c) Emergency, Refugee and Relief Programs

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $107,000 in 1992-93 for the continuation of assistance with a program in support of Kanak women in New Caledonia over a four-year period ending in December 1994. Subject to progress, a further payment is scheduled in financial year 1992-93, followed by two more payments in 1993-94.

  The purpose of the program is to provide assistance to municipalities and NGOs involved in women and children's health in New Caledonia. It aims to develop skills necessary for long-term sustainable development in health promotion and prevention through strengthening existing structures in community-based health education. The total amount approved for the four-year program was $842,000.

  (c) South Pacific Program

  (2) see 1 (b) above.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA)

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) In November 1992, funding of $289,549 was approved over two financial years for APHEDA to establish a Technical Education Centre to assist rural communities in the Kampot and Kandal provinces of Cambodia.

  (c) Cambodia Country Program

  (2) In January 1993 a number of non-government organisations, including APHEDA, were invited to submit proposals for the second round of the Special Assistance Program of the Cambodia Country Program. At 24 February 1993, no submissions had been received.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $138,814 for a skills development project in Vietnam to support the national priorities of unemployment, agricultural productivity, deforestation and assistance to minority groups.

  (c) Vietnam Country Program

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $49,127 for the Hoa Binh Health Training project in Vietnam. This project involves a program of retraining of assistant doctors in primary health care in remote mountainous regions and support for management training in primary health care at the Hoa Binh Healthworkers Training School.

  (c) Vietnam Country Program

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $198,346 for a health and job skills training project in Vietnam (payment scheduled for April 1993). This project includes health education training for primary school teachers and agro-forestry training for village farmers.

  (c) Vietnam Country Program

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $93,742 for an occupational health and safety training project in the Philippines.

  (c) AIDAB-NGO Cooperation Program

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $22,000 for skills grading and training programs in South Africa.

  (c) AIDAB-NGO Cooperation Program

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $24,784 for a permaculture development program in the West Bank area of the Middle East.

  (c) NGO Environment Initiative

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) $29,590 for a tree planting and reforestation project in Cambodia.

  (c) NGO Environment Initiative

  (2) No.

Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA)

  (1)(a) Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad

  (b) see (2) below.

  (c) Special Assistance Program for South Africans

  (2) AIDAB is considering a proposal submitted by APHEDA for multi-year funding of $613,000 for media training activities under the Special Assistance Program for South Africans.

Australian Nursing Federation

  (1)(a) Australian Nursing Federation

  (b) $3,750 towards airfare/living expenses for one representative each from the Solomon Islands and Fiji to attend the International Council of Nurses Socio-Economic Welfare Workshop: Asian Pacific Region `Leadership in Health Workshop No. 2' in Albury-Wodonga in March 1993. [Note: The workshop was cancelled and the organiser has refunded the advanced funds.]

  (c) International Seminar Support Scheme

  (2) No.

Australian Teachers Federation

  (1)(a) Australian Teachers Federation

  (b) $47,700 for a program to train women teachers from the Asia-Pacific region.

  (c) AIDAB-NGO Cooperation Program

  (2) No.

Australia-Asia Worker Links

  (1)(a) Australia-Asia Worker Links

  (b) $3,400 towards airfare/living expenses for one participant each from Thailand and Indonesia for `Workers in a Changing World: A Conference of Workers from Australia, Asia and the Pacific'. (Note: payment to be made in 1993-94 financial year subject to budget allocation.)

  (c) International Seminar Support Scheme

  (2) see (1)(b) above.

Federated Australian University Staff Association

  (1)(a) Federated Australian University Staff Association

  (b) $10,700 toward airfare/living expenses for one participant each from PNG, Malaysia, Western Samoa and the Philippines to attend the RIMPAC-University Staff Associations Conference in Suva in December 1992.

  (c) International Seminar Support Scheme

  (2) No.

South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions (SPOCTU) and Commonwealth Trade Union Council (CTUC)

  (1)(a) South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions and Commonwealth Trade Union Council

  (b) In 1992-93, further funding was provided to assist with the continuation of education and training for South Pacific Trade Unionists, implemented by two regional/international trade union organisations. A grant of $195,000 was provided for SPOCTU and a further grant of

$190,000 for CTUC.

  The purpose of the funding is to assist SPOCTU and CTUC in conducting 285 education and training programs in 13 South Pacific countries/territories over a three-year period ending in December 1995. Australia is one of several countries/organisations which provide funding for these education and training programs. While most of the programs are conducted in-country, provision has also been made for short-term training attachments among the island nations and to bring a small number of people to Australia for training courses. The total amounts approved for the three-year program were $455,000 for SPOCTU and $628,900 for CTCU. The program is organised under the auspices of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The annual payments for these programs are channelled through the ACTU (all payments are transferred in full by the ACTU to these organisations).

  (c) South Pacific Program

  (2) Yes. Two further payments are scheduled for both organisations, subject to progress.

Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia

  (1)(a) Trades and Labor Council of Western Australia

  (b) $15,000 provided towards airfare/living expenses for participants from developing countries to attend the Indian Ocean Region Trade Union Conference in Perth, 3-11 December 1992.

  (c) International Seminar Support Scheme

  (2) No.

Commonwealth Trade Union Council (CTUC)

  (1)(a) Commonwealth Trade Union Council (CTUC)

  (b) An additional grant is provided to the CTUC to support trade union activities in developing countries in the Commonwealth. A grant of $104,000 in 1992/93 will be used to support activities in Southern Africa, East Africa, Sri Lanka, and the Seychelles.

  CTUC activities include training courses, workshops, and seminars on health and safety skills, learning and training techniques, writing and computer skills, women's issues and the preparation of training materials.

  (c) International Non-Government Organisations Program

  (2) The size of this grant to the CTUC is determined on a year-by-year basis, according to the prevailing budget situation.