MEDIA RELEASE: Attacks in Paris, Saturday 14 November 2015

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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG
 

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

ATTACKS IN PARIS 

Labor condemns the shocking attacks in Paris in the strongest possible terms.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and our hearts go out to the people of France. 

Paris is a city loved by the world, the home to so many ideas central to humanity's understanding of itself.  These acts of murder and hatred are as inhuman as they are cowardly.

As great friends, Australia and France have always stood together against terror.  We reaffirm that solidarity today.  The world will not give into fear. 

The shocking events in Paris come just days after a tragic attack in Beirut.  The world will not be divided by these atrocities.  We will not waver in our determination to work together in the fight against terror. 

Australia will offer every assistance to the French Government at this terrible time.

We urge Australians in France, and those thinking of travelling there, to follow the advice of our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australians that need help, or are concerned about the safety of their loved ones, can call the Australian Government's 24 hour emergency consular helpline on 1300 555 135 (within Australia), +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia), +61 421 269 080 (by SMS).