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Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee (Foreign Affairs and Trade Portfolio)

Estimates & Committees
Lee Rhiannon 23 Oct 2014

Senator RHIANNON: I will move on to the Pacific now. How much Australian funding has been contributed to the survey and registration of land for individual land ownership or title in the Pacific?

Mr McDonald : I think we will need to take that on notice.

Ms Rawson : I do not have that level of detail with me so I will take it on notice.

Senator RHIANNON: Thank you. I am interested in where land titles across the Pacific are held. Are they actually lodged somewhere?

Ms Rawson : Each country has its own system of land titles so there is not a land title system that is common to the region. It will depend upon the arrangements in each country.

Senator RHIANNON: So even though you have got a fairly common system across the Pacific, there is no one collection of data? It is held within each country?

Ms Rawson : There are different land systems in each of the countries where assistance is provided. It is not to ensure a common system across the Pacific but to help countries to either develop, improve on or restructure their own land systems.

Senator RHIANNON: I appreciate that you will have to take this on notice but, so I can understand how this is working, is the funding that we are putting in then linked with funding from the World Bank or with any bilateral or multilateral programs?

Ms Rawson : I am really not sure which actual activity you are referring to so I cannot provide any detail about whether it is linked to broader programs. Often in working on activities, the lands systems or elsewhere, we will be linked up with other multilateral or bilateral donor parties. In this case I just cannot provide that information but I will take it on notice.

Senator RHIANNON: If you could also take on notice: do we have just one project? If so, what is the name of it? Are there many projects? Who are the partners? What are our funding commitments? What funding commitments are coming from other countries?

Senator RHIANNON: Will the Australian government be providing assistance or funding to support an updated population census in Bougainville? You can take that on notice.

Ms Rawson : I am not familiar with work on the census so I will take that on notice.


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