Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a statement to the House of Representatives on the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.
The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, and the Deputy Leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt, also spoke.
“This looks less like an accident than a crime,” Abbott said. “And if so, the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”
It now appears that 28 Australians were amongst the 298 people killed in the attack. Many of the passengers were due to attend an international conference on AIDS in Melbourne.
- Watch Abbott, Shorten & Bandt (14m – transcripts below)
- Listen to Abbott (4m)
- Listen to Shorten (7m)
- Listen to Bandt (2m)
Statement released by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
The thoughts and prayers of all Australians today are with the families and loved ones of the Australians that have tragically been killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Our hearts go out to the families of all the dead.
At least 27 Australians citizens have lost their lives on flight MH17. Nine resided in Queensland, nine in Victoria, seven in Western Australia, one in the ACT and one in New South Wales. [Read more...]