The passing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
"On behalf of all Australians I wish to express my deep sadness at the passing in tragic circumstances of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Linda's and my thoughts, and the thoughts of all Australians, are with Mr Abe's family and the people of Japan.
“Mr Abe was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history. He was a great friend of Australia, an outstanding contributor to the Australia-Japan relationship, and admired the world over for his statesmanship and diplomacy.
“His family and the people of Japan are foremost in the thoughts of all Australians at this difficult time.
“Australia stands side-by-side with Japan in mourning his loss.”