Abbott government may declare downing of plane a terrorist attack, triggering payments to families

July 21, 2014 3:12 AM

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Abbott government may declare downing of plane a terrorist attack, triggering payments to families

The federal government is considering declaring the MH17 disaster a terrorist attack, which would trigger payments of up to $75,000 to the families of Australian victims.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he had sought advice over whether the air disaster, which has killed 37 Australians citizens and residents, would be classed as a terrorist act.

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