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ADDITIONAL AID FOR EAST PAKISTAN REFUGEES - STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISER, MR WILLIAM MCMAHON

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McMahon, William

Period of Service: 10/03/1971 to 05/12/1972

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Release Date: 08/06/1971

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 2428

FOR PRESS: PM No. 61/ 1971
ADDITIONAL AID FOR EAST PAKISTAN REFUGEES
Statement by the Prime Minister, Mr. William McMahon
The Government today discussed the plight of East Pakistan
refugees in India now aggravated by the serious outbreak of cholera.
It decided to authorise additional assistance of up to
$ 500, 000 for relief to be drawn upon in the light of advice from the
authorities in India as to what is most needed.
This amount is additional to the $ 500, 000 already promised
by the Government, of which $ 240, 000 has already been committed.
Other forms of assistance, including tax deductibility for
gifts were considered, but the Government concluded the most effective
help it could give was further direct assistance.
Further details of the Government's decision will be
announced by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bury, in a
subsequent statement.
CANBERRA 8 June 1971

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