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Marles ‘couldn’t be more satisfied’

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 12, 2010) - Australia could not be more satisfied with the way in which its aid has been put to work in Samoa.

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles emphasized this during his visit to Samoa last week.

"We couldn’t be more satisfied with the way in which aid is put to work here in Samoa," he said.

"And can I take this opportunity to thank the Samoan Government in terms of the partnership that they played with us? This really is one of the great examples around the world, from Australia’s point of view, of the way aid is put to work and where we see really good results from it.

"Of course we’re here almost a year after the devastating tsunami and there was much aid that was committed to that and fantastic things have come since that time, out of what was a very tragic event.

We really are seeing that aid put to great work of course here with the Volunteer Response team; it’s a fantastic example of it.

Asked if thought the Campbell Live report might have a negative impact on donors, Mr. Marles Australia was very committed to the region.

"Our focus is on maintaining the partnership with this Government in terms of the deployment of that aid," he said.

"We’re happy with the way that is occurring. In fact from our point of view, we see Samoa as one of the really shining examples, not just in this region but globally, in terms of the way aid is deployed and that is what informs us in terms of the decisions we are making in and around how to put forward our aid in the future."

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