THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SKY NEWS AM AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH 2015
SUBJECT/S: Germanwings plane crash.
KIERAN GILBERT, PRESENTER: Tanya Plibersek, your reaction to this latest aviation tragedy?
TANYA PLIBERSEK, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: Well of course it is a tragedy, 150 lives lost including two Australians and sadly a group of schoolchildren returning from a school trip. It is enormously sad for all of the people involved and of course it makes people nervous about flying because there’s been a series now of similar tragedies, planes going missing and crashing and so on. It’s important to remember of course that statistically these are very unusual events, but for the people who are involved, all of their friends and families, that’s no comfort.
GILBERT: Well three, as you say a number, three aviation tragedies that Australians have been involved in in a bit over twelve months.
PLIBERSEK: That’s right.
GILBERT: That’s quite a cluster.
PLIBERSEK: It certainly feels unusually frequent.
GILBERT: And I guess as we look at this latest tragedy in Europe, it’s a reminder of how basically everywhere, Australians are travelling at any given time. Australians, given where we are in the world I suppose, we’re all traveling a lot.
PLIBERSEK: Well Australians are great travellers and they often travel for longer periods because we’ve got so far to go in the first place. We’ve been frequent travellers for some time now and these flights, these Europeans flights are frequent, they’re relatively cheap, they’re commonly growing in number, the smaller airlines as well. And so you see Australians are often involved in these tragedies.
GILBERT: Tanya Plibersek, thank you for your time and your reaction to this latest aviation tragedy, also another sad day. Thank you very much.