Govt lo­cates all Aussies in Ja­pan

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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