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(generated from captions) Samoa, the grim reality is

boats scour the coastline

bringing in bodies, most

appearing to be children. For more on the more on the disasters across

the Pacific we are joined by

Foreign Affairs Minister

Stephen Smith in the ABC Perth

newsroom. Good morning. First

of all, can you update us on

Australian deaths, either in

the Pacific or, indeed, in

Indonesia? Well, if I can start

firstly with Samoa. Overnight six injured six injured Australians were

transported back to Australia

in a defence plane. We have now

got one injured Australian

woman hospitalised in Samoa,

all the Australians in Samoa

who we few were there have been

accounted for. We want to

proceed with caution just to

make sure that there weren't

Australians there whose

whereabouts we didn't know. And

just let a couple of days just let a couple of days go

buy to make - by to make sure

no Australians are caught up in

Samoa. Four confirmed dead in

Samoa, also a permanent

resident, New Zealand citizens

and one injured Australian

woman. We'll have to wait and

make sure that there's no-one

else. So far as ind next-door

neighbouria is concerned,

Sumatran - Indonesia is

concerned, Sumatra, we had 13

Australians registered in the

area, there are four we haven't

made contact with, of course,

there's always Australians that

don't register through

travel-Smart, what we have done

in the last 36 hours, officials

worked hard, there could be as

many as 250 Australians in the

general area. We have made

contact with nearly 140.

Potentially we have over 100

Australians who may be in the

area with whom we haven't made

contact. We want to work hard

during the day and the

following days to track those

Australians down. But at this

stage we have no evidence which

would indicate ta we have any

Australians who are killed or

injured. We are worried to

ensure we track down all the

Australians who may have been

in the area. So no evidence, no

serious concerns about this

state of these 100 Australians.

Well, I'm always concerned

when we have potentially 100

Australians whose whereabouts

we can't vouchsafe for. If

Australians have friends or loved ones who they believe are

in the area, they should

contact them direct. If they contact them direct. If they

can't, they should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs

and Trade emergency number.

1300 555 135 to help us clarify

where people are. The number

we have been giving out. That

can be used if you are trying

to find the whereabouts of

people in people in Indonesia. Absolutely. They can

use that number or 1300 555

135. When it comes to

Australia's response to

Indonesia, in the end they

asked for our assistance, what

more will we be doing is

this Well, last night and

overnight we agreed with

Indonesia that we will provide

urgent assistance when President Susilo Bambang

Yudhoyono came back from the Yudhoyono came back from the

general assembly in New York he

made it clear that Indonesia

would require assistance. What

has been agreed effectively

overnight, in addition to

humanitarian stores that we

have prepositioned in

Indonesia, blankets,

tarpaulins, nets, water

contamination tablets and the

like, effectively everything

make that except food and water we'll

make that available.

Importantly, today, from

Australia, an urban search and

rescue team will leave Australia to assist on the

search and rescue mission in

Padang, as well as an urban

search and rescue team we are

sending a Defence Force

engineering assessment team to

give assistance on some.

Difficult engineering aspects

of searching of searching damaged buildings

by the earthquake. They'll leave Australia in the course

of the day, and that is - we

regard that as a significant

contribution to the immediate

rescue effort. And we are

pleased to be able to assist

Indonesia in this way. The

scale of this disaster is only

now becoming apparent. We worry

that we'll see deaths not in

is the hundreds, but over 1. What

is the number of personnel of

those teams that you mentioned

Minister. The urban search and

rescue team would - will be a

team of over 40, and the - and

the engineering assessment

team, the defence assessment

team will be a team of 10.

There'll be a - they'll be

accompanied by an AusAid team

to unable AusAid to be on the

for ground, looking at assessments

for medium term to longer term

assistance for rebuilding and reconstruction. Both those

teams are in addition to a team

we already have on the ground

in Padang, made up of foreign

affairs and AusAid officials

and also an Australian Federal

Police officer and defence

official and their task is to

be on the ground to try and

assist in tracking down the Australians who we believe may be in the

be in the area. Minister, if I

can return to Samoa for a

moment. It was intriguing to

mere Andrew Macintyre from the

Australian National University

describe Samoa as a hidden

secret of the Pacific, a

country doing well, it was well

organised, well run, and that

the GDP per capita there in

Samoa is higher than in

Indonesia. The consequence Indonesia. The consequence economically, as well as

personally for the country will

be enormous, Australia, lodge

term will have to be involved

in a lot more than rebuilding,

aren't we? Well, I was in Samoa

in April-May of this year, it's

a terrific country, Samoa great

people, very warm and friendly

relations with Australia, lots

That of people to people contacts.

That assessment is essentially

right. Samoa can be a Premier

economy in the region, and it

had withstood the global

financial economic crisis

really quite well, better than

most. So both on the economic

front and the human front, you

know, this is a terrible

tragedy, we have worked closely

with Samoa in the past we have a development assistance

program with then, and we will program with then, and we will

be not just dealing with the

emergency situation that we

fine on our hands now, but

we'll be working closely with

them, together with New Zealand

in the rebuilding and

reconstruction phase, our

attitude is whatever we need to

do, together with other donor

countries, partners, whether

New Zealand or the United

Nation, we will do. It's -

this is a this is a terrible tragedy,

yes, you are right, it will

take some time before there's a

recovery from it. It doesn't

necessarily follow that people

will want to leave, if lives

have been so devastated that

they could be refugees, will we

open our doors to them as well. Refugees conjures up the

notion of persecution under the

refugee convention, we don't refugee convention, we don't

accept economic refugees, we'll

do our best to assist the

economic and social

reconstruction of Samoa, our

starting point is that we'd

want Samoans to stay and

rebuild their country. Any

person who is resident in

Samoa, who has an immigration

entitlement to come to

Australia, they may wish to

exercise it, it's a matter for them. In

them. In the first instance, we

will render humanitarian

relief, making sure Australian citizens that have been

affected, which we have been

doing are assisted. We'll apply

ourselves diligently to that

with friends and partners in

Samoa, Stephen Smith, thank you

for your time this