ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
SENATOR PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
MEMBER FOR GORTON
Labor condemns in the strongest terms the attack at Kabul airport.
This was a despicable act against Afghans seeking security and those who were helping them. We note Islamic State Khorasan Province has claimed responsibility.
We grieve with the people of Afghanistan today.
We grieve with our US allies - their work has saved many thousands of people.
US forces have played a crucial role in the evacuation operation, ensuring safe passage for around 4,000 Australians and visa holders, alongside our ADF.
We thank them for their bravery and sacrifice.
Labor is greatly relieved that all Australian personnel are safe.
We remain gravely concerned for Australian citizens and visa holders who remain in Afghanistan and can no longer safely travel to Kabul airport.
We will be seeking updates from the Morrison Government on what this means for the operation going forward.
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.