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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2159

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs the following question without notice:

What is the total donation to date by the Australian Government for the relief of residents in Bangladesh? How much of this was forwarded by way of goods and how much was in cash? What is the value of goods and cash already approved but still remaining in Australia?

Senator WRIGHT-The Minister for Foreign Affairs has supplied the following answer:

Australia has given to date the following aid for relief of residents of Bangladesh:



It is expected that further goods (wheat, trucks and corrugated iron) to the value of $2m including freight costs will leave Australia before the end of May.

Some of these items will be paid for from funds set aside for 1971-72 and in view of the need for rapid delivery, some from those set aside for the next financial year, thus establishing a rolling programme.

In additionto the aid given to Bangladesh, Australia provided last year $3.42m in aid to the East Pakistani refugees in India. This comprised $550,000 in cash, the remainder being used for the supply of food, medicines, miscellaneous items such as tents, blankets and ambulances, and freight costs.

The total, including the $2m mentioned, is $6,313,800.

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