PM gives condolences on Orlando shooting
Australian political leaders have united to offer support to the gay community following a gunman’s attack on a Florida nightclub in which 50 people died.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the attack was directed by a ‘murderous hatred of gay people.’
‘This is a vile attack on freedom … an attack on every single one of us,’ Mr Turnbull told reporters.
The prime minister said he had spoken to US ambassador John Berry to offer condolences, both in a diplomatic capacity and as a friend.
Mr Berry and his partner Curtis Yee have friends in Florida whose safety is yet to be confirmed.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also offered his condolences, extending his sympathy to people in the LGBTQI community.
He condemned the attack as a strike against humanity.
‘It was an attack on the right to be proud of who you are and who you love,’ Mr Shorten said.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale was devastated to hear news of the violent and senseless shooting and added his sympathies.
‘Violence and hate have no place in our communities and now more than ever we must stand together against these hateful acts,’ he said in a statement.
Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer called on America to tighten its gun control.
‘This is the agony of America, today in failing to fix dysfunctional gun laws due to the lock of the National Rifle Association on the US congress,’ he told AAP on Monday.
‘They now must get their gun laws sorted, or otherwise expect more massacres.’
The rainbow flag few above the Sydney Town Hall in solidarity with the LGBTQI community in Florida as Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was ‘horrified and appalled by the ugly, evil violence that’s caused this attack’.
In Canberra, the Greens said they were cancelling a Queen’s birthday cake-eating stunt at Parliament House planned as part of a push to make Australia a republic.
Sydney Town Hall will also be lit up pink on Monday night and a candlelight vigil is set to take place in Newtown.
‘Stand up against homophobia, transphobia, bigotry and hatred. Actions are being taken all over the U.S.A, let Sydney show our rainbow colours,’ event organisers posted on Facebook.