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This article appearing in Australia's Courier Mail newspaper quotes Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer speaking about Australia's scores on the 2005 Commitment to Development Index.
From the article:
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said the Centre for Global Development/Foreign Policy Commitment to Development Index stressed that reducing poverty was about far more than giving money. Australia was ranked equal first on security and second on trade.
"I was also pleased to note that the CGD acknowledges the Australian people for their generosity in making private charitable donations – a finding which is no surprise when we consider the extraordinary outpouring of support and assistance from Australians in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami," Mr Downer said.