Mr Morrison confirmed the terrorist behind the mass murder in at least one Christchurch mosque was an Australian-born citizen “and obviously that element of the investigation Australian authorities are involved in”.

He described the terrorist and his fellow travellers as harbouring “appalling, disgusting and abhorrent views which have nothing to do with our way of life and our values”.

“We will keep Australians safe in every way possible we can. And we will work with our partners in the region, our family in the region in New Zealand, to do everything we can to support them to keep their people safe as well,’ he said.

The political solidarity was shattered when far-right Queensland Senator Fraser Anning released a statement blaming the “immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”.

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