Government announces $50 million aid to Sri Lanka

The government has announced it will provide $50 million to support Sri Lanka during its worst economic crisis in 70 years.

Foreign Secretary Penny Wong announced that Official Development Assistance will be provided to “help Sri Lanka meet urgent food and health care needs”.

In her statement, Ms Wong said there will be “deeper implications for the region if this crisis continues”.

Sky News political editor Andrew Clennell says he expects more funding to be announced for the Sri Lankan navy, while Home Secretary Clare O’Neil will visit the nation to talk with the naval commander and Sri Lankan prime minister. lanka.

“The suggestion here is that the Sri Lankan Police, the Sri Lankan Navy, will now do more to stop these boats with some help from the Australian government,” he said.