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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator WILKINSON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer. In a statement made recently by the Treasurer on foreign aid it appeared that Australia bad at last exceeded 1 per cent of the gross national product. Did this include the private investment of Australians in other countries? Without this private investment would the Government's aid to overseas countries not exceed 0.59 per cent of the gross national product? Does our aid to Papua and New Guinea account for about 80 per cent of this amount?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONAs I recall the statement, the figure quoted was 1.1 per cent. I would need to obtain some information from the Treasury as to the break up of the amount. For instance I am aware that aid to Papua and New Guinea is quite a significant contribution but I shall have to obtain a precise breakup and make it available to the Senate.

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