Bali and the Indonesian tsunami victims (letter)by Tom KingNews Weekly
, June 4, 2005
Earlier this year, I was able to confirm that, despite the urgency that had motivated Australians to help the victims of the Bali bombing, little had been done to assist the victims (News Weekly
, January 29, 2005).
Following the tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, $1 billion was offered by the Federal Government. A further $286 million was collected by non-government organisations, of which only $25.6 million had been spent on aid by April 11, 2005.
I was particularly unimpressed by the fact that, as one spokesperson put it, "Only 4 per cent will be spent in administration." In the case of one of the appeal organisations, this amounted to some $600,000.
There needs to be a detailed audit of what has happened to these donations, for the benefit of both the intended beneficiaries and the Australian people.Tom King,