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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5288

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (3:00 PM) —Senator Bartlett asked me about Mr Downer's offer of Australian assistance in evacuating Indonesian citizens. Yes, Mr Downer yesterday offered Australian assistance in evacuating Indonesian citizens to Australia for additional medical treatment if necessary. The Indonesian government has not yet indicated whether it wishes to take up this offer. We would determine whether or not to use commercial or defence assets in the implementation of this commitment according to the needs of the patient.