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Flags at half-mast for victims of MH17

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

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Release Date: 18/07/2014

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 23655

I have instructed that the Australian National Flag be flown at half-mast tomorrow on all Australian Government establishments, here and overseas, as a mark of respect to the Australians who have lost their lives in the tragic grounding of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The Governor-General and I will attend a church service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Sunday as we stand together as a nation at this difficult time.

A National Commemorative Service will be held at a later time when the families of those who have lost their lives have had time to comprehend this horrific event.

At this time, there will be a National Day of Mourning and flags will be flown at half-mast once more.

18 July 2014

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