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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 69

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Will he bring tip to date the answer he gave me on 10th September 1969 (Hansard, page 1134) on international conferences held in Australia which have received support from the Commonwealth.

Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

International Conferences held in Australia between 1st July J969 and 30th June 1970 which have received support from the Commonwealth Government are listed in the table hereunder. The list has been compiled from information provided by the relevant Ministers.

As previously, the table includes conferences which might broadly be described as inter-governmental' and 'non-governmental' (i.e. sponsored by private organisations). The inter-governmental conferences, which for the purposes of this answer include conferences of an official nature such as those associated with United Nations bodies and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, are marked by an asterisk. Conferences and working groups relating to inter-Service cooperation -e.g. pursuant to the American, British, Canadian and Australian Armies Standardisation Agreement - have not been included. For these, the Departments concerned have continuing secretariats as part of their normal functions.

The table includes the cost of support by the Commonwealth. Wilh regard to non-governmental conferences, where support in addition to a financial contribution has been provided, the form of support is shown. With regard to intergovernmenmi conferences the host facilities appropriate to the conference have been provided. These facilities vary from conference to conference and may include such items as conference accommodation, departmental administrative services, including secretarial services, transport and entertainment.


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