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Government announces $50 million support for Sri Lanka


The government has announced it will provide $50 million to support Sri Lanka amid its worst economic crisis in 70 years.

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong announced the Official Development Assistance will be provided to “support Sri Lanka meet urgent food and healthcare needs”.

In her statement, Ms Wong said there are “deeper consequences for the region if this crisis continues”.

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says he expects further funding to be announced for the Sri Lankan Navy, with Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil visiting the nation to talk with Sri Lanka’s Commander of the Navy and Prime Minister.

“The suggestion here is the Sri Lankan police, the Sri Lankan Navy, will now do more to attempt to stop those boats with some assistance from the Australian government,” he said.Read More

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