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MH370 search teams to scan seabed for wreckage

The "new phase" of the search effort for flight MH370 will involve an "intensified underwater search" using specialised sonar equipment towed behind ships to scan the seabed for wreckage, Australia's Prime Minister has said.

Tony Abbott added that It was now "highly unlikely" that search teams would find any debris from missing flights MH370.

He said that as it has now been 52 days since the disappearance, any debris would have become waterlogged and sunk.

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PM: Australia 'will get to the bottom of MH370 mystery'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told his Malaysian counterpart that Australia "will continue to get to the bottom" of the missing Flight MH370 "mystery".

Malaysia's Najib Razak met Mr Abbott in Perth to discuss the search effort and thank those crews who have been involved in the hunt for the Malaysian Airlines jet.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott. Credit: RTV

"I know that until we find the plane, many families cannot start to grieve. I cannot imagine what they must be going through, but I can promise them that we will not give up," Mr Razak said.

Read: Navy vessels join search for Malaysia Airlines jet

Malaysian PM thanks MH370 search crews in Australia

Malaysia's prime minister and his Australian counterpart visited an RAAF base in Perth to thank the crews involved in the search for the missing Flight MH370.

Malaysia's Najib Razak and Tony Abbott said all nations were "fully committed" the search:

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Today I visited RAAF base Pearce with PM @najibrazak - thank you to all the crews involved in the search for #MH370 http://t.co/W8WVRgFLOI

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Discussing w/ @tonyabbottmhr in Perth this morning. All nations involved are fully committed to the #MH370 search. http://t.co/peo2RbXzuP

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Read: Navy vessels join search for Malaysia Airlines jet

PM-elect Tony Abbott vows to cut foreign aid

Tony Abbott plans to cut foreign aid and abolish a tax on carbon emissions. Credit: REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

Australia's Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has vowed to limit foreign aid and curb greenhouse gas reduction measures in a bid to help the country's economy.

The money saved is to be invested in road projects in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Opponents and aid groups say the move is short-sighted and goes against Australia's image of global cooperation.

Mr Abbott also plans to visit Indonesia soon to discuss plans for the Australian navy to turn back Indonesian fishing boats carrying asylum seekers hoping to reach Australia.

Read more: Tony Abbott mobbed by protesters at polling station

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Cameron: 'Warmest' congratulations to Australian PM

David Cameron has spoken to and congratulated the new Australian Prime Minister elect, Tony Abbott, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister offered his warmest congratulations to Prime Minister-elect Abbott and spoke of the very strong links between the two countries.

Prime Minister-elect Abbott agreed and stressed his full support for the United Kingdom, saying that he very much looked forward the closest possible cooperation during his time in office.

The call lasted a few minutes and both leaders agreed to talk in more detail about policy issues once the initial excitement of winning the election had subsided.

– Downing Street spokesperson

Tony Abbott wins landslide victory in Oz poll

Tony Abbott has told supporters he looks forward to forming a competent government, as his Liberal-National coalition swept to victory in Australia's general election.

"I now look forward to forming a government that is competent, that is trustworthy, and which purposefully and steadfastly and methodically sets about delivering on our commitments to you, the Australian people," he said.

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