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Japan earthquake & tsunami

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The Hon Julie Bishop, MP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Deputy Leader of the Opposition Member for Curtin

Japan earthquake & tsunami

Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Coalition joins with the Government in expressing our deep condolences to the people of Japan after a massive earthquake and devastating tsunami struck Japan mid afternoon yesterday.

We remain hopeful that all Australians in Japan are safe and well, although it is deeply worrying that a number of Australians are known to be in areas that suffered some of the worst devastation.

The Coalition strongly supports the efforts of Australia’s consular staff as they work to locate all Australians in the country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this traumatic time, with the death toll expected to rise significantly.

We are shocked by the scenes of destruction caused by this massive earthquake and join with the Government in offers of support and assistance.