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Assistance for families of Australian victims of terrorist attacks in New York.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Media Release Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer

FA146 / 22 September 2001

Assistance for Families of Australian Victims of Terrorist Attacks in New York

In view of the appalling tragedy facing families of those killed in the World Trade Centre, I have today announced special arrangements to assist relatives of victims to travel to New York.  This should help them work with New York authorities trying to identify those missing.

Where it appears certain that an Australian citizen has died, or where a victim has an Australian next of kin, the Government is ready to assist two close family members to visit New York.  I would encourage Australian family members in this situation to register their interest with my Department on 1300 555 135.

 My Department will either organise tickets for the families direct with airlines or reimburse them up to return economy class travel from their home to New York.  The Government will also pay for reasonable travel insurance and accommodation costs for three nights in New York for two family members.

Our Consul-General in New York, Ken Allen, and his team are already providing help and advice to Australians traumatised by the crisis and are currently assisting some victims’ families already in New York.

I would urge anyone who has previously reported a missing person and who has subsequently confirmed their safety, to ring my consular officials on 1300 555 135.

Media inquiries: Matt Francis (Ministerial) 02 62777 500, Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555

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