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Jan 9, 2019

NZ consulate in Melbourne receives suspicious package

Footage showed emergency services workers attended the US, Greek, French, Italian, Hong Kong, Indian, New Zealand, Pakistan and Swiss consulates.

It comes two days after the ABC understands the Argentinian consulate in Sydney was sent three bags containing asbestos and fibreglass.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that the New Zealand Consulate General in Melbourne received a suspicious package this afternoon.

The ministry said staff were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

One New Zealand official told the ABC their consulate received an envelope full of small plastic bags with what appeared to be concrete and asbestos.

Written on the outside of the bag was the word "asbestos".

A police officer was seen inside the New Zealand consulate wearing a face mask.

One official from Pakistan's consulate told the ABC that she opened a suspicious envelope at 10:00am (Melbourne time), which appeared to contain asbestos.

She told the ABC she was "scared of what might happen".

The official said she was told by the authorities to wash her hands.
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