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Tuesday, 30 November 1971
Page: 3875


Mr Keogh asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(a)   In which non-English speaking countries has Australia Consular representation?

(b)   How many officers are on the staff of each of these consulates?

(c)   How many officers in each consulate are able to communicate in (a) the local language and (b) any language other than English.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   (b) and (c). The following table lists the countries where English is not in common usage for official purposes and in which the Department of Foreign Affairs has responsibility for one or more diplomatic or consular posts.

Column 1 of the table indicates the number of Australia-based officers performing diplomatic, consular and administrative duties at diplomatic, and consular posts in the countries concerned. Column 2 indicates the number of officers who are able to communicate in one or more of the languages commonly used for official purposes in the country concerned. Column 3 indicates the number of officers at the post able to communicate in a language other than English.

 







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