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Rudd Government donates $500,000 to Queensland Premier's disaster relief fund.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.attorneygeneral.gov.au

25 November 120/2008

RUDD GOVERNMENT DONATES $500,000 TO QUEENSLAND PREMIER’S DISASTER RELIEF FUND

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced that the Rudd Government will provide further relief to the victims of the south-east Queensland storms by donating $500,000 to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal Fund.

This contribution matches the Queensland Government’s donation, helping push the level of donations to the fund past $1 million.

“The Rudd Government’s $500,000 donation will go to helping Queenslanders in their immediate recovery from the storms, supporting Queensland communities to get back on their feet,” Mr McClelland said.

The donation is in addition to Commonwealth financial assistance already available to Queensland storm victims.

“The Commonwealth has activated the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, providing eligible Queenslanders a one-off payment of $1000 and $400 for each child to relieve their hardship.”

The Rudd Government is also providing financial assistance to Queensland through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Under this arrangement, the Queensland Government will be reimbursed half of its expenditure on eligible personal hardship and distress relief assistance to victims, such as emergency food, accommodation, clothing and replacement of essential household items, psychological and financial counselling and other long-term recovery measures.

“Natural disasters can disrupt communities for long periods of time after the initial devastation. In recognition of this, the Rudd Government will continue to provide assistance to help individuals and communities recover,” Mr McClelland said.

Cheques can be made out to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal Fund. Credit card donations can be made 24 hours a day by calling 1800 173 349.

Distribution of appeal funds is being undertaken by the Australian Red Cross www.redcross.org.au.

Media contact: Adam Sims 02 6277 7300 or 0419 480 224.