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Monday, 13 October 2003
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Mrs GASH (4:32 PM) —This motion on the Bali bombing, which is before us, cuts across the issue of `us and them'; it cuts across the issues of borders and nationality and focuses on justice. For Australians—particularly for young Australians in my electorate of Gilmore—knowing that justice is being done to the perpetrators of such a vile act gives them some hope to look forward with confidence. We should not underestimate the importance of pursuing justice in this instance. Indeed, as the motion suggests, we should commend all efforts to bring it about. It is the knowledge of the pursuit of justice that forms a foundation of confidence—of knowing that all was not in vain.

The events that took place in Bali on October 12 last year will touch many of us for the rest of our lives. The Bali bombing, as it has become known, will also live on constantly in the minds of our young people. It was on this day that all Australians, and particularly the local community of Ulladulla, in my electorate of Gilmore, would come to terms with the fact that even a small town on the South Coast of New South Wales is not immune from the devastating effects of terrorism. On that day, Ulladulla lost two of her sons, local surfers Craig Dunn and Danny Lewis. No doubt such a story can be told in each of the cities, suburbs and towns from which the 88 victims originated.

The evil acts of murder, violence and destruction which we place in a category of their own that we call `terrorism' are beyond belief for all of us. It is genuinely impossible to comprehend why it happens. Is it possible to expect that some good can come from this demonstration of the unspeakable side of human nature? It is a bizarre concept, but out of tragedy can come something positive. For the residents of Ulladulla and the families of Craig Dunn and Danny Lewis, there is some good news arising from their grief; out of this tragedy, there will be a positive. The spirit and adventure of these two young men will be preserved in the community of Ulladulla. The continued overwhelming support by the local community has inspired Craig's mother, Mrs Gayle Dunn, to build a memorial for the boys. She realised that every member of our community was in some way coming to terms with the events of Bali and coping, as she did, on a day-to-day basis—especially those with children, who, like her, felt that they were safe from any form of terrorism.

Mrs Dunn has spent the last six months talking to the young people of Ulladulla and members of the community to understand what they felt about the Bali bombings and to find out how they would like to remember Craig and Danny. This was the beginning of a truly unique and challenging project: the establishment of a memorial youth centre with the input and support of the whole community. A foundation will oversee this centre, which will include memorial gardens, a bowling alley, an auditorium, sporting and exercise facilities, catering facilities and dining and entertainment areas.

The mission of the Dunn Lewis Youth Development Foundation is to link people together to remember our boys' adventurous spirit and provide opportunities for the youth of the Ulladulla community. In undertaking such a project, a real sense of community spirit is being fostered. At the very first meeting, more than 150 students and young people turned up to demonstrate their support for the project. These young people have worked hard on the project, designing a survey and personally doorknocking residents and businesses to request their input to this centre.

This is a tremendous project which has united and inspired a whole community. Many community members have offered specific assistance—from cash to labour and discounted materials. Profits raised from the centre's operations will go back to the young people of Ulladulla for participation in youth events world wide, such as sport and student exchange. In an article entitled `Families Remember One Year On', the Milton Ulladulla Times has accurately captured the local mood. It says:

Spirits were high, despite sad memories, when nearly 300 people came together on Sunday for the Bali Memorial turning of the sod ceremony in Ulladulla.

Gayle Dunn, mother of Bali victim Craig Dunn, organised the event and said, “While the ceremony was a sad time, people were looking towards the future with high hopes.

“It was a sad day but we're fortunate we have the Memorial Centre to look forward to.

“The turning of the sod symbolised a new beginning as well as reflecting on past events.”

Such optimism as I have spoken of relies on these efforts to bring justice. I support this motion commending the efforts of the Indonesian government, their police, the Australian Federal Police and all those volunteers who assisted both in the bombing disaster and in the care of those who were recovering. I also would like to thank Prime Minister Tony Blair, President George Bush and our own Prime Minister for taking the time to write to Mrs Dunn to encourage her in the work she is doing to bring about this community resource, in recognition of the two boys. It has united a whole community. It has been a humbling experience to see how the youth of Ulladulla have come together. (Time expired)

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. I.R. Causley)—The honourable member for Burke is substituting for the honourable member for Corio.