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25 Oct 2011 description

Media release

Perth

25 October 2011

The Australian Government congratulates the Tunisian people on the country's first-ever free elections on 23 October.

The high turnout of eligible voters and the peaceful and orderly process were a clear expression of the democratic will of the people of Tunisia.

Ballots to elect a National Constituent Assembly are now being counted, with results expected shortly.

06 Jul 2011 description

In November 2010, the Government commissioned the first independent review of the aid program in 15 years. Its purpose was to assess the effectiveness of our current program and recommend how we can make it even better as it grows.

The "Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness" and the Government’s response were released on 6 July 2011 by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, in an official launch at Parliament House, followed by a Ministerial Statement to Parliament.

20 Mar 2011 description

The Australian Government today announced an additional $4 million in humanitarian assistance for the growing number of people fleeing violence in Libya.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the Australian Government is extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya.

"The additional $4 million will support the UN High Commission for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration as they assist the estimated 300,000 people who have fled Libya into Tunisia and Egypt since mid-February.

10 Mar 2011 description

The Australian Government today announced an additional $5 million in humanitarian assistance for the victims of the crisis in Libya.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the Gaddafi regime's attacks on its own people are causing acute hardship both inside the country and for those who have fled to neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt.

'It was clear from my discussions in Tunisia today that the humanitarian situation risks becoming critical as security deteriorates and shortages of food, medical supplies and other essentials develop,' Mr Rudd said.

It is estimated that over …

02 Mar 2011 description

Australian Government
AusAID Media Release

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS