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Statement on the United States terrorist attack.

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

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Statement on the United States Terrorist Attack

A128/2001 12th September 2001

The Acting Prime Minister, John Anderson, convened a meeting of Cabinet ministers this morning at which they were briefed by security advisers regarding the despicable acts of terrorism against the United States.

The Acting Prime Minister reiterated the message contained in the Prime Minister’s letter to President Bush. The Australian Government and people share the sense of horror experienced by the United States at yesterday’s catastrophic events and the appalling loss of life. The Prime Minister has assured the President of our resolute solidarity with the American people at this most tragic time.

The United States is seeking to establish who is responsible for these horrendous acts. The Australian Government has offered the United States every possible support.

The Australian Government is committed to participating in what will be renewed international efforts to combat terrorism.

On the basis of available information there is no indication of any additional threat to Australia. However we have put in place, as a sensible precaution, additional security measures at United States’ establishments as well as at Australian airports.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has established a consular hotline, which will operate on a 24-hour basis. It can handle inquiries from the public with regard to Australian citizens who may be affected by events in the United States. The number is 1800 00 22 14.

While every effort is being made to ascertain whether any Australian citizens have been killed or injured, there is no specific information available at this stage. However we have to prepare ourselves for the possibility of Australian casualties.

Ministers will continue to monitor the situation as more information comes to hand.

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680