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FOR PRESS: P.M.NO.16/1961 CANBERRA 22ND APRIL, 1961

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Menzies, Robert

Period of Service: 19/12/1949 to 26/01/1966

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Release Date: 22/04/1961

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 304

FOR PRESS.
P. M. No. -16/ 1961
The Prime Minister~ and Minister for External
Affairs today announced that the Australian Government
would donate one hundred tons of rice to Tonga. Including
shipping and insuranmce charges the gift is worth œ 7,200.
Mr. Menzies said that severe damage had been
caused recently by a hurricane in the northern islands of
Tonga and many Tongans were homeless as a result. Australian
assistance was being offered to alleviate their distress an'd
to help the Tongan authorities to put into effect their plan
of establishing a store of food to guard a-gainst shortages
arising from natural disasters. The gift was a practical
demonstration of Australian interest in the welfare of the
Tongan people.
CANBERRA.,______ 22nd April, 1961.

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