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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 392

Senator KEEFFE - I ask the Minister representing the Treasurer whether it is a fact that the Australian Government has donated only $20,000 for flood relief in the Philippines. Is it also a fact that wheat and flour to be donated have not yet left Australia? Will he examine this matter urgently with a view to recommending that the Government increase substantially cash aid and at the same time take appropriate steps to speed up the dispatch of food gifts?

Senator COTTON - These facts are not known to me. 1 would think that it is a question that properly belongs within the portfolio of the Minister for Foreign Affairs because these aid and relief pro grammes are implemented by that Department. I shall direct the question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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