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Aust aid to Philippines about mateship: PM

Helping the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan reflects Australia’s tradition of mateship, says the prime minister.

The federal government announced this week it is sending $10 million in disaster relief to the Philippines, but Tony Abbott said he is prepared to do more.

“I certainly don’t rule out further assistance because they’re a friendly neighbour whose people are suffering horribly as a result of this disaster,” he said on Tuesday.

“It is a terrible, terrible situation in the Philippines.”

The prime minister wrote to Philippines President Benigno Aquino offering assistance after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed parts of the country.

There are fears the super storm has left more than 10,000 dead.

Australia is sending equipment and medicines, and a team on the ground will advise the government if further aid is needed.

A 36-member medical team is also scheduled to fly to typhoon-hit areas with enough equipment to treat up to 4000 patients over a two-week period.

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