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This Is How Australian Politicians Are Reacting To The Orlando Shooting

" ... solidarity with the LGBTI community everywhere."

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Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said Australia stands with the US after 50 people were killed in a mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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The lone gunman used an assault rifle to gun down 50 people in Latin gay club, Pulse, before being killed by local police authorities. The attack is America's most deadly mass shooting.

We are all shocked and deeply saddened at the worst mass shooting in American history, which took place in Orlando Florida overnight.The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has described it as an act of terror and an act of hate.We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the dead, the wounded, their families and their loved ones.This attack, which has killed at least 50 people in a gay night club and injured as many more, is an attack on the gay community and it is an attack on all of us - on all our freedoms, the freedom to gather together, to celebrate, to share time with friends.I have spoken this morning with the United States Ambassador to Australia, John Berry, and formally conveyed to him Australians' sympathy, condolences and resolute solidarity in the face of this shocking act of hate and terror.In times of such horrific, senseless violence it is natural to reflect on our own safety and security.Our intelligence and security agencies are among the most professional and vigilant in the world. We have implemented stronger laws to give them the tools they need to keep us safe. They have disrupted 9 terrorist attacks in Australia since September 2014.We are rigorous in our efforts to ensure that guns are not illegally imported into Australia and that our strong gun control laws are strictly enforced.And we all work hard to preserve the mutual respect that makes us one of the most liberal and diverse multicultural countries in the world.But we cannot be complacent.There are people outside our country, and some within it, who hate the freedoms that we enjoy and would seek to threaten them and undermine them with violence.I know that I speak for all Australians when I say that we stand in resolute solidarity with the people of the United States. Together, at home and abroad, we continue the fight against terrorism and stand up for the values of our free nations.

Some advocates criticised Turnbull for not initially recognising the LGBTI community. Senior government minister Christopher Pyne did touch on the issue in his tribute.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Orlando tragedy and their grieving family and friends #Orlando #lgbti #auspol2016

Opposition leader Bill Shorten expressed shock and specifically addressed the LGBTI community, saying "we stand with you in solidarity".

Australians offer every support to our American friends following this horrific attack on our common humanity.

Labor senator Penny Wong, who is Australia's most senior gay politician, expressed heartache and solidarity "with the LGBTI community everywhere".

Heartache for those lost, prayers for the injured and all who grieve, solidarity with the LGBTI community everywhere. #Orlando

Greens leader Richard Di Natale wrote "Our hearts are with the people of Florida".

Shocked and saddened to hear of the Florida shooting and so many lives lost. Our hearts are with the people of #Florida and LGBTI community

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews released a short statement, telling the LGBTI community, "we stand with you".

Horrified by news from Orlando. Thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims and the LGBTI community. We stand with you #pride

And the Victorian minister for equality shared an image with the message, "love will conquer hate".

We stand with the #LGBTI in #Orlando community & globally in the face of murder & homophobia Love will Conquer Hate

The US embassy in Canberra thanked Australia for their messages of support and calls for action.

We thank Australians for their thoughts and prayers and calls for action. #Orlando

The LGBTI community has organised vigils in Sydney and Melbourne to remember the victims of the nightclub attack in Orlando. Details are here and here.

Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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