The Coalition Government has announced that new commitments have been made across the Pacific region to bolster co-ordinated responses to natural disasters.
Northern Government Senator Ian Macdonald - who is leading a Parliamentary delegation to PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu later this month - has welcomed the announcement as an important step towards enhanced regional cooperation and safety.
“These announcements focus on improvements to coordinated disaster and humanitarian response capabilities across the Pacific.
“These improvements will include the more effective pre-positioning of emergency response infrastructure, enhanced early-warning systems, and greater engagement with Pacific-based disaster-management experts,” Senator Macdonald said.
The Senator said that Australia’s substantial disaster-relief and humanitarian aid infrastructure will enable us to continue to take a pivotal role in providing support to regional neighbours.
“I applaud the work of the Foreign Ministers in resolving to strengthen ties in this crucial area of governance,” he said.
The Senator said that that the up-coming Pacific Island delegation would provide a perfect opportunity to learn more about disaster-management challenges in the Pacific region.