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30 Sep 2009 description

In response to Samoa's request for help following today's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Australia will send medical personnel and urgently needed disaster relief supplies.

A chartered aircraft is scheduled to depart from Brisbane to Samoa at 2.00am Australian Eastern Standard Time tomorrow morning with medical personnel from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

The flight will also carry Australian Government personnel from AusAID, Emergency Management Australia, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

A Defence …