Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk, Parliamentary Secretary John Hyde and Riverton MLA Tony McRae (all members of the Parliamentary Friends of Burma), on behalf of the State Government, today handed a $1million cheque to Red Cross executive director Steve Joske to further his organisation’s aid efforts in Burma.
The presentation came amid reports from international aid agency Oxfam that the death toll in Burma following Cyclone Nargis nine days ago was more than 100,000 and a further 1.5 million faced outbreaks of disease.
Ms Quirk said the charitable efforts of the Red Cross were internationally recognised and the State Government was more than willing to offer financial aid to support such a worthy cause.
“The Red Cross does a very difficult job under circumstances that would generally overwhelm most other people and organisations,” she said.
“The State Government is happy to offer this $1million if it helps make the Red Cross’s job easier and more likely to succeed in its humanitarian effort.
“One of our neighbours has suffered a catastrophe. I am sure the thoughts of all Western Australians are with those people in Burma who have suffered as a result of this tragedy.”
WA has the highest proportion of the 12,378 Burma-born people in Australia. At the time of the 2006 Census, 45 per cent of all Burma-born persons in Australia were resident in WA.
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