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Simon Crean's Statement On The Bali Attacks

October 13, 2002

The Federal Opposition is deeply shocked by the terrorist bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali last night.

Early reports indicate that more than 50 people were killed and another 100 were injured.

This callous and outrageous attack was clearly directed against Westerners holidaying in Indonesia.

Those responsible must be brought to justice.

The Federal Opposition expresses its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.

Australian authorities have our full support in providing immediate consular and medical assistance to those affected by these terrible events. We particularly welcome the dispatch of an RAAF aircraft to Bali and the establishment of an information hotline for Australians concerned about family members holidaying in Indonesia.

As demonstrated by the passage of recent anti-terrorism legislation, there is strong bipartisan support in Australia for efforts to crack down on terrorism.

This incident highlights the need for Australia to remain vigilant against the threat of international terrorism especially in our own region.

As more evidence on this incident comes to light, we must carefully analyse its full implications for Australia and for Australian citizens.

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