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(generated from captions) see when we'd prefer to see a

more vigorous and ambitious approach. Many Australians have

been caught up in the violence

in India, while in Thailand,

the closure of pang cock's

international airport due to

protests has left 100,000

passengers stranded, many

Australians among them. We're

joined now from Canberra by the

acting Foreign Minister, Simon

Crean. Good morning. Good morning. Thailand first. Qantas

has offered to send planes.

That's happening tonight, is

it? Yes, it was. That was an

initiative of the Australian

Government to contact Qantas. Qantas to their credit have been fantastic. They've

scheduled an Airbus to take

people out of Phuket. Capacity

of about 300. We understand

that there are something around

400 people strand ed so every effort is being made to get

people out. We've been very

frustrated with the Thai

airport authorities. The

closure of the international

airport and the adjoining

domestic airport but we're

making every effort to use

alternative approaches not just

the Phuket option but also

Udutapau airport which is the

military airport that's taking

place, as is Chiang Mai. As I

understand it, it's it's about

a 14-hour bus trip to Phuket?

Yes, and obviously we're

ensuring the safety of the

passengers on the way. We have

to obviously do that. Long

trip. But there are

alternatives as well that we're

looking at. I think what it

demonstrates is that apart from

the frustration and it's very

hard to do these things if you

haven't got the full

cooperation of the local

authorities, then taking

initiatives like these can at

least give people some

confidence that alternatives

are being developed. You say

you're frustrated with the

airports authorities but they

have quite a situation

developing there. You would

think one false move and that

could really develop into

something quite ugly? That's

right. And the government and

its handling of the situation

we're watching that very

closely. But if we were able to

get a better handle for how the

government was proceeding to

deal with it and communicate

that effectively with the

airport authorities we might've

been able to move a bit quicker

on this. But I think that what

we've demonstrated over the

weekend is the preparedness to

act quickly to develop the

alternatives. The situation in

India now with Australians

still in India, has that

situation now settled down? It

has. We have accounted for all

of the known Australians, the

84 that were known to us, apart

from the two casualties, the

fatalities. It has settled

down. I think of the fallout

now is focusing on the way in

which the Indian authorities

dealt with it. We've had the

resignation of the Indian

minister for home affairs and

the offered resignation of the

head of security. But I think

it is important that we get to

the bottom of how this

happened, but more importantly,

how we bring those associated

with it to justice, and how we

combine effectively to try and

prevent these sorts of things

happening again. Simon Crean,