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Monday, 30 August 2004
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Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 2 August 2004:

With reference to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan:

(1) What direct aid provided by the Government has arrived in Darfur or nearby refugee camps as of 1 August 2004.

(2) In what form was this aid provided.

(3) What was the monetary value of the aid provided.

(4) What further aid is on its way.

(5) What further aid does the Government plan to send.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the honourable senator's question:

(1) As part of the emergency and humanitarian allocations during the financial year ending 30 June 2004, Australia contributed a total of $8 million to assist refugees and persons displaced as a result of the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. These funds were provided as follows: World Food Program ($2 million), UNICEF ($1.5 million), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ($500,000), the International Committee of the Red Cross ($2.5 million), Care Australia ($500,000), Oxfam Community Aid Abroad ($500,000) and World Vision Australia ($500,000).

(2) The contributions have been used to provide food, medicines, shelter items, water and sanitation facilities, protection for internally displaced persons and support for emergency relief logistics and coordination services delivered by the organisations listed above.

(3) See Question 1.

(4) The Government has committed a further $12 million in humanitarian assistance to be provided through international humanitarian agencies and Australian Non-Government organisations.

(5) The need for further assistance will be kept under close review.