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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 2001

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Did an Australian representative recently make an official visit to Mongolia.

(2)   Does Australia recognise the independent People's Republic of Mongolia.

(3)   Can he say whether the Government of China recognised by Australia claims authority over Mongolia as a province of China.

(4)   If authority over Mongolia is claimed, what is the reason for an official visit to thatcountry when Australia recognises another Government which claims that the country is a province under its control.

(5)   Has the Government defined the areas it recognises as the areas of authority of the Nationalist Government of China; if so, will he make this information available to the Parliament.

Mr Sinclair - As Acting Minister I supply the following answers to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   As has been indicated in response to earlier questions in the Parliament, the Government is not required to take any stand with regard to the territorial claims maintained by the Republic of China, or for that matter by any other Governments which it recognises and with which it is in diplomatic relations.

(4)   and (5) do not, therefore, apply.

United Nations: Expenditure in Australia and Territories (Question No. 3731)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Will he seek information from the United Nations Representative in Australia about the amounts which the United Nations spends in Australia and her territories as a former Minister did (Hansard, 20th October 1964, page 2130) so that he can answer question 2345 which his predecessor could not answer (Hansard, 7th April 1971 page 1649).

Mr Sinclair - As Acting MinisterI supply the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The United Nations Office in Sydney does not control expenditure in Australia by all United Nations bodies, including the specialised agencies and does not have the details of what their expenditure has been. However, messages have been forwarded to the headquarters of the various bodies seeking the desired information.

The United Nations Office has informed me that total expenditure by all United Nations bodies in PapuaNew Guinea in 1970 was $US672,459. This figure includes expenditure by the Specialised agencies. In the same year expenditure by the United Nations Development Programme in Australia was $US2,332,963. 1 shall reply further when the.relevant information is received from the various bodies concerned, but it is not readily available and may take some time to obtain.

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