Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Statement

Media Release

DC216/2017

19 July 2017

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester today welcomed the release of Geoscience Australia's sea floor data collected in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Mr Chester said the data covered 710,000 square kilometres of the southern Indian Ocean uncovering volcanoes, ridges and sea mounts, and provided a better understanding of the sea floor processes.

“The search for MH370 has involved state of the art equipment and the Australian Government, with the support of Malaysia and the People's Republic of China, has always been committed to releasing this data to the public,” Mr Chester said.

“No new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft and the underwater search remains suspended.

“Our thoughts and sympathies continue to be with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

“We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located.”