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ADF's humanitarian efforts to Indonesia.

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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate

31 March 2005

ADF’s Humanitarian Efforts to Indonesia

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and personnel should be congratulated for their ongoing humanitarian efforts in South East Asia, Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee, Sandy Macdonald said today.

“The HMAS KANIMBLA was heading back to Australia from Singapore, when it was redirected to provide assistance to earthquake victims in Sumatra,” Senator Macdonald said.

“An additional 43-strong medical team has also been airlifted to Indonesia to provide surgery, intensive care, X-ray, pathology and post-operative care. Medical supplies and evacuation teams are also being provided to the disaster area,” he said.

“Humanitarian assistance such as in this case, and in the case of the Boxing Day tsunami in South East Asia is important. Our Defence Force personnel should be recognised for the extraordinary work they do.”

“Whether it be assisting in these disasters, in Bali, East Timor or the Solomon Islands, the Australian Defence Force has always shown itself to be more than ‘up to the task’.”

“I am sure the friends and families of personnel re-deployed to the earthquake disaster will understand that our personnel are needed to help the thousands of victims affected by the tragedy,” Senator Macdonald said.

“I wish all members of the ADF involved in this most recent disaster assistance a safe journey home. They do Australians proud,” Senator Macdonald said.

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