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TROPICAL CYCLONE WINSTON

Labor’s thoughts are with the people of Fiji and Tonga as they begin to deal with the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The full extent of the cyclone’s impact is not yet clear, but there are reports entire villages have been destroyed and critical infrastructure damaged.

Tropical Cyclone Winston is being called one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fiji and Tonga are close neighbours and friends, and Labor will support the Australian Government to do all it can to help with recovery efforts.

It is understood more than 1200 Australians are currently in Fiji. 

We urge Australians in Fiji or Tonga, 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).

SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2016

MEDIA CONTACTS: LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053