Speaking to Daily Mail reporters on Tuesday morning, he said: “It is understood that the plane went down in waters that are our responsibility, and there is a cost to having responsibility and we don’t shirk that.

“We accept responsibility and will pay for it. We’re not a country that begs others for money to do our job.”

So far, the Australian government has set aside $90 million to find MH370, but this figure may increase.

Angus Houston, who is in charge of the search for the plane, suggested that the next discussions about MH370 would be include talking to Malaysia about the cost of the search.

In the three months since it went missing, searches for the plane and its passengers have proven to be fruitless. There were 239 people on board – including six Australians.

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