Flight MH-17 condolence message from Keith Pitt MP
This is devastating news for at least 27 Australian families.
It is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their lives and the families that are now dealing with the tragic loss of their loved ones.
Even while information is still coming through, the Government is doing everything in our power to provide whatever practical assistance we can in terms of counsel, repatriation and so on.
Anyone who is anxious about family members or friends on this particular flight should call the Department of Foreign Affairs 24 hour consular emergency centre and the number is 1300 555 135.
While our immediate concern is to confirm details and identify those on board and the families they leave behind, it is imperative that we seek clarification on how this tragedy occurred and finding those responsible so they can be brought to justice.
I encourage Hinkler residents to click here and leave a message in the condolence book.