Families of MH370 welcome in Australia: PM Tony Abbott

THE FAMILIES of the 239 passengers and crew on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been told their visa fees would be waived if they were to make the trip down under.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told federal parliament on Tuesday that Australia would waive the fees for the grieving families and that a formal condolence motion would be moved on Wednesday.

Malaysian Prime Minister last night announced to the world that new information revealed the Boeing-777’s flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia and that there were no survivors.


“It’s highly likely … that in coming days and weeks, many of the relatives of passengers on ill-fated flight 370 will wish to come to Australia,” Mr Abbott said.

“I want them to know that should they come here, they will be in the arms of a decent country.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten commended the Australian led search operation, saying the search had “brought nations together”.

“Australia is proud of the Australian contribution and I believe the world is grateful to them,” Mr Shorten told Parliament.