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Tuesday, 13 March 1973
Page: 533

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

(1)   What has been the (a) nature and (b) amount of requests for financial assistance received from (i) Indonesia, (ii) Malaysia, (iii) Singapore, (iv) Thailand, (v) South Vietnam, (vi) North Vietnam, (vii) Laos and (viii) Cambodia since 4 December 1972.

(2)   What action has been taken to meet these requests.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   There is a continuing dialogue between Australia and countries receiving Australian development assistance in regard to implementing existing aid programmes and setting out priorities and requirements for future aid planning. There has been no request for financial assistance as such from any of the countries mentioned in the period concerned, unless one places in this category a request during my recent visit to Indonesia that Australia might contribute to a development program in West Irian. I undertook to consider the request.

(2)   See (1) above.

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