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AUSTRALIA

. TEtfVSfoNE: ( 06 ) 257 4022 ΙΛΧ (06)257 1 9 ^ daY 3 M.irch 1994

dMJOUXir 0,6.1. $if . CARE ATTACKS BIASED REPORTING ON CHARTER FLIGHT ( ^ uJ cutxcLcl . CARE Australia today expressed disgust at the biased reporting of a charter flight

from Nairobi to Johannesburg last May.

The necessary charter flight, which cost around 520 00C, enabled Mr Fraser to return to Australia and conduct numerous media interviews wlxich generated more than 5500 000 for CARE's Rwanda program in the week of his return. CARE Australia does not pay for media space or time for advertising. No costs had been expended on advertising space for the Rwanda appeal. Rather than, spend hinds on paid

advertising space, CARE Australia promoted the urgency of the Rwanda crisis through the news and Current affairs.

Upon, return to Australia, Mr Fraser conducted media interviews and held a press conference regarding htis assessment and CARE s response to the humanitarian disaster tin Rwanda. This was the springboard to the highly successful CARE Australia Rwanda Appeal, and therefore field response which has saved, and continues to save, many thousands of lives.

Mr Erase: had a commitment to represent CARE Australia at ihe 73rd Anniversary of Rot an- in Sydney requiring him to return to Australia by a certain date. The necessary inclusion of the visit to Tanzania complicated flight arrangements and a

chartin' flight was essential to Mr Fraser being able to keep rus connecting flight to Australia. Mr Fraser returned to Australia the day before trie Rotary Anniversary Speech.

The cost of the charter flight was paid for by the CARE Australia Middle East Office Ln Amman from contract funds. Mr Fraser had offered to cover the cost of the charter: however as Mr Fraser has been representing CARE Ln both Tanzania and Ln Sydney, the National Director and Executive Members of the Board of C/ARE

Australia declined Mr Fraser's offer. Mr Fraser gives unstintingly of his time as Chairman of CARE Australia and, as he is unpaid, it was thought inappropriate In the circumstances to require that he pay for the charter

Chairman of CARE Australia, Malcolm Fraser, had been in Johannesburg representing Australia at the inauguration or South African President Nelson Mandela. At thus time, the extent of the Rwanda crisis required Mr Fraser to assess the situation first hand and meet with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Maureen Connelly.

For more information: Suzi Clark on (06) 257 1022 or A11 015 892 ITS, Patrick Daley on 0419 56 7777 or Andrew McCutcheon on 015 324 683.

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