The family of the first Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy to be identified said they looked forward to Mary and Gerry Menke coming home.
The couple's children issued a short statement about their parents, who were prominent business owners in Mallacoota in Victoria.
''We are relieved that Mary and Gerry Menke have been identified and wish to thank all those who have helped in this process,'' the statement read.
''We look forward to receiving Mary and Gerry again soon in the place and the community they loved so much and which loved them. Once again we extend our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.''
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wanted to reassure all the Australian families who lost loved ones on MH17 that ''everything is being done to ensure that remains are being treated with respect, people are being identified as quickly as possible''.
Mr Abbott recently returned from a trip to the Netherlands to thank Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for his country's work in receiving and identifying the victims of the disaster.
So far, 127 victims had been identified from the Netherlands, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium and Germany.
It was understood the Menkes were the first Australians to be identified. However, the Australian government was not confirming the identification of any passengers unless families wished to disclose it.
The government was offering to fly families to the Netherlands once bodies were identified, so they could accompany them back to Australia.
Earlier this week, Mr Abbott said that, for legal purposes, Australian bodies would go to Melbourne, where final paper work would be done.
Mr Abbott had previously warned that identifying victims could take time, noting that some Bali bombing victims were not identified for months.
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