Mr. Howard announced the package early this morning, calling it "the single largest aid contribution ever made by Australia".
The package consists of equal parts grant assistance and highly concessional funding, and is in addition to previously announced aid to Indonesia and other nations hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Media conglomerate News Corp. also announced a $1 million contribution to tsunami relief and reconstruction and pledged to match employee donations dollar for dollar. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch called on his U.S.-based media companies to make print and air time available to solicit donations.
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