Joint Media Statement - Statement of Condolence

The Australian Government expresses sincere condolences to the Government and people of Papua New Guinea on the passing of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Sam Basil MP.

Our thoughts are with the families of Mr Basil and the other victims of last night’s tragic events.

As Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, in his other Ministerial and parliamentary roles, and as the member for Bulolo Open since 2007, Mr Basil made lasting contributions to Papua New Guinea.

Australia remembers and honours Mr Basil with the deepest respect for his contribution to his country, and for his contribution to building lasting friendship and understanding between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP 
Prime Minister

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP 
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Senator The Hon. Marise Payne 
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Women

Senator The Hon. Zed Seselja 
Minister for International Development and the Pacific