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Death of Australians in Yogyakarta.



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Media contact: Tony Parkinson (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 Angus Mackenzie (Departmental) 02 6261 1555 www.dfat.gov.au

MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA 028 10 March 2007

DEATH OF AUSTRALIANS IN YOGYAKARTA

It is with profound sadness that I announce that we have today received formal confirmation of the death of five Australians who were on board Garuda Flight 200, which crashed in Yogyakarta on 7 March.

The five Australians are Morgan Mellish, Elizabeth O’Neill, Mark Scott, Brice Steele and Allison Sudradjat.

Their next of kin have been advised of the news by Australian government officials.

On behalf of the Australian government I wish to convey our deepest condolences to all of the families.

We are now discussing with the families their wishes regarding arrangements for the return of their loved ones to Australia. Recognising that all individuals involved were in their various roles serving the Australian people, we have offered to arrange for their return and any other assistance needed.

At this time we also remember the many Indonesians who lost their lives in this tragic accident, and convey our heartfelt sympathies to their families.

The Australian government wishes to thank the Indonesian authorities for their cooperation and assistance in these difficult circumstances.