2006 Regular Session
By: Representative Janus
A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING APPRECIATION TO THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA FOR THEIR GENUINE CONCERN FOR AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA.
WHEREAS, immediately following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Honorable Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, and the General Consul of Australia, and United States Ambassador to Australia, Dennis J. Richardson, acting through the Office of His Excellency, took massive steps to secure much needed relief supplies for the people of the great State of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, three days after Katrina's landfall, the Australian Government offered to make available to the United States two specialist emergency managers to assist with the community recovery phase of the response to the natural disaster which engulfed the Gulf Coast; and
WHEREAS, on day four, 48 hours out from perhaps the most devastating storm of the century, the Australian Government again proved their loyalty and concern for the United States, announcing a donation of $10 million to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina; and
WHEREAS, the donation aided the American Red Cross, which was at the forefront of assisting those displaced and left homeless in a disaster zone spanning 145,000 square kilometers; and
WHEREAS, often at the helm of international aid efforts to help less fortunate nations, the United States was now in a vulnerable situation, needing aid, and it was only a fitting and proper humanitarian gesture of the Australian Government to contribute to the daunting task of aiding thousands of American citizens whose lives had been thrown into disarray; and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Mississippi House of Representatives to officially thank Australia's Prime Minister, the Australian General Consul and its people for their genuine heartfelt concern:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby extend our sincerest thanks and respect to the Prime Minister, the Australian General Consul and the Australian people, whose actions and contributions following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina served to provide much needed help to the State of Mississippi, thereby immediately improving the lives of countless Mississippians during their time of great need.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to the Honorable Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, and the General Consul of Australia, and United States Ambassador to Australia, Dennis J. Richardson, and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.