We will be working closely with the government of Tonga, with her royal highness, the high commissioner in Canberra of Tonga, to ensure that we can deliver the sort of support that we can provide to our Pacific family and friends.
This is a very challenging time. Communications are deeply, deeply affected by the events of the volcanic eruption. It has been felt in other parts of the region. We know ourselves here in Australia, we have seen the effects on our own coastline, but in Fiji in particular as well.
So we’ll continue to work through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, myself and the minister for international development and the Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja, to ensure that we are providing all of the support that Australia possibly can, working closely with our Pacific partners to ensure that we support the people of Tonga.