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Orlando Gay Nightclub Terror.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull conveyed Australians’ deepest sympathies, condolences and solidarity to the victims and their families.  After a murderous attack on gay people in a nightclub Orlando Florida. Mr. Turnbull told reporters that it was clearly directed by hatred of gay people.  He condemned and described the killing of the 50 people in a US gay nightclub as “a murderous attack on gay people” and an assault on freedom.

Orlando Gay Nightclub Terror

He had said it was too early to know what had motivated the shooter Omar Mateen,  but “it certainly appears to be motivated by a hatred of the freedoms, the free society which all of us enjoy”.  The Prime Minister had made a statement earlier on Monday in which he did not mention the attack took place in a gay nightclub.

He went ahead and  cautioned Australians against complacency following the worst mass shooting in modern American history, calling  the atrocity as “an attack on all of us”. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that No Australians have been identified among the victims, “At this stage, the embassy has not received any advice of Australians affected,” a DFAT spokeswoman said.

Orlando Gay Nightclub Terror

The prime minister also said that Australia had strong gun laws and thanked the former Prime Minister John Howard for the good work he did years ago. He praised his security and police forces being vigilant in ensuring Australians are well protected against extremism. Mateen, the 29-year-old US citizen who was known to the FBI, opened fire inside gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night. He used a handgun and an AR-15-type assault rifle, police said. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Mr. Malcolm Turnbull said Australians could not be complacent but were protected by strong gun control laws and security measures.

Australians came out and stood in solidarity with the people of the US, and is determined to fight terrorism in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Prime minister Malcolm said. He also indicated he had spoken with US Ambassador John Berry who is gay and hoped to speak with President Barack Obama

Orlando Gay Nightclub Terror

Labor Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek released a statement condemning the shooting as a “horrific and senseless attack on our common humanity”. And expressed solidarity with the LGBT community “These murders are despicable, and cowardly. We condemn them, utterly,” Mr. Shorten and Ms Plibersek said.  Greens leader Richard Di Natale  also condemned the attack.

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