> the bulk of the financial assistance will go to Indonesia, Vietnam
> and the Philippines


$722M, that's 0.2% of Australia's GDP, just for helping other countries.
To compare: USA spent 0.06% of it's GDP for panflu preparedness,
one third of that, and that's for 3 years, and that's for itself, not for other
countries !

(hmm, can someone confirm the $722M ?)