Senate debates

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Questions without Notice

Turkiye: Earthquake

2:10 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you, Senator Pratt. Prime Minister Albanese announced in the press conference held just over an hour and a half ago an initial commitment of $10 million in humanitarian aid to support the people of Turkiye and Syria—$7 million will be disbursed immediately, and $4 million of that will be delivered to support those affected in Turkiye, through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent appeal. These funds will support the delivery of food, shelter and basic aid items. We've also allocated $3 million to north-west Syria, to be delivered through UNICEF, to assist with immediate needs, with a particular focus on women and girls. An additional $3 million will be allocated as we work to understand needs on the ground.

This is obviously a crisis. It is a crisis that is affecting so many of our fellow human beings. We will continue to monitor the unfolding situation on the ground.


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