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Sombre Question Time In House Of Representatives

October 15, 2002

The House of Representatives was the scene today of the most subdued Question Time in recent memory.

Shorter than usual, spanning 50 minutes, instead of the usual 60-80 minutes, all questions from both sides focused on the terrorist attacks in Bali.

There was not a single interjection from either side as the Prime Minister and other ministers provided information on the relief program in Bali.

In the shadow of a mounting death toll, John Howard and Alexander Downer outlined Federal contributions to health care, transportation costs and the repatriation of bodies.

Following Question Time, the House began debating a Matter of Public Importance on the events in Bali. The debate was opened with a moving speech from the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd.

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