The devastation in the United States is truly terrible. At a guess, I think New Orleans was a place where Australians would feel very relaxed. To me it sounded so interesting and vibrant. I am not sure why the French thought settling an area below sea level was a good idea. And, naturally the poor, the weak, the old and the infirm are suffering the most.
It would be good for Australia to offer some crisis mangement experts who would probably do a fine job in a calm, relaxed and efficient manner, unlike the melodramatic slightly hysterical way that US folk seem to go about such matters.
In our minds when we hear of a natural disaster our fingers are inclined to hover near our wallets. But this is different. This is the richest and most powerful country in the world. Why would we need to give financial aid? The degree of poverty in the US is a disgrace. How can the richest country in the world have so many poor? How can they turn a blind eye to all the illegal workers who earn a pittance? It is a very uneven society and it might just be time for the many rich people in the US to put there hands in their pockets, or better still, via tax, for the goverment to put their hand into people's pockets.