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Cyclone in Burma.

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Wed, 7th May 2008 CYCLONE IN BURMA

The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs (to 22 September 2008)

Australia's contribution of $3 million should be seen as an initial installment, and additional contributions of people and / or funds should be considered, subject to further assessment.

''Australia is well placed to respond to the situation in Burma following the devastating cyclone due to the investment by the Howard Government in Australia's ability to respond to regional crises'', said the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, today.

''In the last two budgets, over $100 million was set aside by the former Government to improve Australia's response to emergencies in the region.

''Now the Rudd Government wants to cut over $100 million from the budget for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

''When you combine this sort of important work and the fact that Mr Rudd wants Australia to increase its role on the world stage, you have to wonder where the cuts will come from.''