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Monday, 11 November 1991
Page: 2808


Senator BUTTON —Earlier today in Question Time Senator Harradine asked me a question about the Philippines flood disaster. I told him that I thought that there had been some announcement over the weekend of some financial assistance. I am advised that the Government has released through the Red Cross and the Australian Embassy in Manila a total of $255,000 for emergency relief assistance. This relief will be provided in the form of aid through the Philippines Red Cross to the Philippines relief authorities and non-government relief agencies through the Australian Embassy in Manila.

  The Government through our Embassy in Manila will maintain close watch on developments and will also consider sympathetically requests from the Philippines for further assistance as authorities assess relief needs.