Govt locates all Aussies in Japan
THE Federal Government has confirmed the safety of every Australian in disaster-struck areas of Japan.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said consular officials had contacted or otherwise confirmed the safety of everyone on its ‘‘ unaccounted for’’ list.
‘‘ It’s possible that more names may emerge,’’ Mr Rudd t old parliament yesterday.
‘‘ But in terms of the current unaccounted for list that number has now by officials been reduced to zero. I would commend publicly the work of our consular officials who have worked around the clock for the last 10 days in the most arduous of circumstances.’’
Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop welcomed t he ‘‘ extremely good news’’.
Earlier, t he government announced it would donate $ 10 million to help Japan get back on its feet after the March 11 earthquake and tsunamis believed to have killed an estimated 20,000 people.
The money will be given to the Red Cross to provide emergency relief and equipment to devastated communities . Prime Minister Julia Gillard joined Oppo - sition Leader Tony Abbott to sign a condolence book at Japan’s embassy in Canberra yesterday.
Ms Gillard later led a condolence motion i n parliament.
‘‘ It is hard for any of us to come to grips with the scale of this disaster,’’ she said.