THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
PRE-DELPOYMENT OF AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE OFFICERS
THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014
The Opposition welcomes the Government’s announcement that around 50 Australian Federal Police officers have been pre-deployed to assist with investigations into the flight MH17 crash.
The priority must continue to be the recovery of Australians, their identification, and their repatriation to grieving families.
This cannot occur without properly securing the crash site. We understand that, if deployed, the AFP officers will form part of an international team tasked with securing the site and properly examining it.
Labor pays tribute to the highly skilled work of the Australian Federal Police, and all other Australian personnel involved.
Labor will continue to seek briefings from the Government as the situation unfolds.