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Friday, 6 December 1985
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(Question No. 699)


Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 27 November 1985:

(1) What is the total level of aid provided by the Federal Government to the victims of the volcanic eruption in Armero, Colombia, South America.

(2) What are the Federal Government's guidelines for fixing financial amounts and the basis for decision making on the type and style of aid for foreign countries unfortunate enough to be involved in disaster situations.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) On 18 November 1985, the Prime Minister announced that Australia would provide $2 million towards emergency relief operations following the volcanic eruption in Colombia.

(2) The Government bases its decisions on the level and nature of disaster relief to be provided on factors such as the location and magnitude of the devastation, the humanitarian requirements, responses of other donors, the potential effect of providing aid on Australia's relationship with the country affected, and the nature of the response which Australia is best placed to make keeping in mind the need to ensure that the aid is effective and reaches those for whom it is intended.