Published 5 December 2018

Prince Philip and I are saddened to hear of the unprecedented fires impacting so many people in Queensland.

I pay tribute to the commitment and dedication of the firefighters, other emergency services personnel, and the volunteers who are working tirelessly to contain the fires. 

In true Australian spirit, it is heartening to know other States and Territories are working alongside Queensland in support of the relief effort. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. 

ELIZABETH R