Aus­tralia of­fers help

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

ACTING Prime Min­is­ter Wayne Swan says Aus­tralia stands ready to help Ja­pan. Mr Swan said the gov­ern­ment was mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion care­fully and of­fered all help to Ja­pan. ‘‘ It was a truly hor­rific disas­ter and the thoughts and prayers of all Aus­tralians were with the Ja­panese peo­ple,’’ he said. ‘‘ It is still too early to know the full ex­tent of the dam­age but it is clear that this is a sig­nif­i­cant disas­ter,’’ Mr Swan said in a state­ment. ‘‘ Aus­tralia stands ready to as­sist Ja­pan in any way at this dif­fi­cult time.’’ Em­bassy work­ers in Ja­pan are work­ing fran­ti­cally to de­ter­mine if any Aus­tralians have been af­fected by the earth­quake and tsunami disas­ter.

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