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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
Page: 828

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

(1)   Is it a fact that no mention is made of Australia's aid to Bangladesh in the Budget document on external aid.

(2)   If so, what sum does the Government intend to provide to Bangladesh, and for what purposes, during 1973-74.

(3)   What sum has been granted to Bangladesh since it gained independence, for what purposes, and when were the respective decisions made.

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

(1)   Following the admission of Bangladesh as a member of the Colombo Plan in November 1972, provision for assistance to that country in the 1973-74 Budget has been made under the Colombo Plan, and Food Aid Convention, items.

(2)   Estimated Government expenditure during 1973-74 is $6,051,114. Of this $1,959,000 has been allocated for projects, equipment and experts; $166,314 for training; and $3,925,800 for food aid.

(3)   A total of $11,642,000 has been spent on aid to Bangladesh to 30 June 1973. It has been given in the forms of emergency aid for refugees, food aid, relief and rehabilitation activities and training. Expenditure was as follows:


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