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Budget 2007: 2007-08 Aid Budget: Australian response to emerging country and regional priorities.

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DFAT 18 8 May 2007

2007-08 Aid Budget

Australian Response to Emerging Country and Regional Priorities

The Government will provide $382.7 million over four years to increase in-year flexibility within the aid budget to meet unforeseen and emerging country and regional aid priorities.

This additional funding will allow the rapid mobilisation of resources to meet emerging Australian Government humanitarian and development needs that arise outside the Budget context.

The measure will enable the Government to respond quickly to new requirements without diverting resources from the implementation of existing high-priority development programmes.

Recent events in Solomon Islands are a timely reminder of the susceptibility of Australia’s region to environmental and humanitarian disasters. The Government remains strongly committed to helping our neighbours in times of crisis.

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