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.
Some advocates criticised Turnbull for not initially recognising the LGBTI community. Senior government minister Christopher Pyne did touch on the issue in his tribute.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten expressed shock and specifically addressed the LGBTI community, saying "we stand with you in solidarity".
Labor senator Penny Wong, who is Australia's most senior gay politician, expressed heartache and solidarity "with the LGBTI community everywhere".
Greens leader Richard Di Natale wrote "Our hearts are with the people of Florida".
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews released a short statement, telling the LGBTI community, "we stand with you".
And the Victorian minister for equality shared an image with the message, "love will conquer hate".
The US embassy in Canberra thanked Australia for their messages of support and calls for action.
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.
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