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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2156

Mr Kerin (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What was the value of Australian aid to Fiji from the date of independence to 31st December 1972.

(2)   What form did this aid take.

(3)   Which Australian private agencies in receipt of financial support from the Australian Government are active in Fiji.

(4)   Can he say what assistance these agencies have given to Fiji from the date of independence to 31st December 1972.

(5)   What was the extent of Australian Government assistance to these agencies.

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

(1)   Fiji became independent on 10th October 1970. The value of Australian aid cannot be calculated from that exact date; however, the value of official development assistance from 1st July 1970 to 31st December 1972 amounted to $A2,227,087.

(2)   Aid has taken the form of the provision of experts and equipment for development projects, training of students in Australia, supplies of food aid and relief for hurricane disaster in 1972.

(3)   The Overseas Service Bureau is the only Australian voluntary aid organisation receiving assistance from the Government, active in Fiji.

(4)   The Overseas Service Bureau in administering the Australian Volunteers Abroad Scheme has sent 9 volunteers to Fiji (one in 1970, 5 in 1971 and 3 in 1972).

(5)   The extent of Government assistance for sending these volunteers was $4,603.

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