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(generated from captions) Henderson. She is chatting to us.That is not your best shot.We are hearing the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is making a campaign speech. Let's go to him in Newcastle. My family and myself were holidaying in Bali the night of the second Bali bomb ing. As the Health Minister in the Australian Government at the time, I thought it was could to
incumbent on me to do what I could to try to assist the Australian victims of that bombing and I spent the next 14 or 15 hours in the hospital until the Australian casualties had all been safely evacuated. It was a remarkable day and I felt incredibly honoured to be remarkable
in the company of some remarkable people. Those who had been injured in that terrible atrocity and also those who were helping the victims of this unspeakable crime. Dr Adam frost, a Newcastle GP who did remarkable work to help everyone that day. Also Brian Diamond, the Australian consular general in Bali at the above and beyond the Call of
Duty to ensure above and Duty to ensure that all of those victims got the those victims got the best possible treatment. Today I'm here with some extraordinary Australians. I'm here with Paul Anosich, formerly the senior partner of one of our law firms who was badly hurt that night. I'm here with Tony Perkis who was badly wounded that night and carries the impact of that with him. I'm here with Peter Hughes, who was one of the victims of the first Bali bombing. Again, a remarkable Australian. I'm also here with Claire Marsh, who along with her husband David, did so much to help the victims of the first Bali bombings. These four people are representative of Australia at its best. They are stoical, they are decent, are courageous and all of them in their own way have tried to bring good from the terrible tragedy that they experienced. What I am announcing today is that an incoming Coalition Government will finally provide a measure of justice to the victims, the Australian victims of overseas terrorism. As again, some of you might know, back in 2009, I introduced a Private Members Bill into the Parliament to provide similar assistance to the Australian victims of overseas terrorism to that which is typically provided to the victims of domestic crime here in Australia, the victims of crimes here in this country. Typically, if you are the victim of a crime here in Australia, under State and Territory victims of crime legislation, you will get access to payments of up to $75,000. After discussing this matter many years ago with Paul, it seemed to me that the best way to proceed in terms of acknowledging and helps the victims of overseas was to try to put in place a scheme parallel to the domestic scheme for the past and, if there are any future victims, past and future victims of overseas terrorism. Now to its credit, the Government did actually, after a fair bit arm twisting, accept that arm twisting, accept legislation but to its legislation but to discredit, it never made discredit, it never retro perspective available to retro perspective payments
available to make existing victims of terrorism existing victims of in Australia would receive that modest compensation. I'm modest disappointed this is the case because I did my best to appeal to the Government that this would be something that could be an achievement of the Parliament, it could be to the credit of all of us and I'm disappointed nothing was ever done in the last Parliament to bring that about. But infidelity to something which has been a concern of mine for many years, in fidelity to people like Paul Anosich and Pete you are Hughes and Tony perkis, I do make this solemn pledge that an incoming Coalition Government within 100 days will take the steps necessary to ensure that this scheme does apply to the existing Australian victims and their next of kin so that this significant but modest assistance can be provided to them. As I said, it's an honour to be here with Paul Anosich, with Tony perkis, Tony Hughes, Claire Marsh who have been impacted by overseas terrorism, all honourable Australians and I'm proud to be with them today and I think it's incumbent upon me and any incoming Government to do what it can to support them. Now I'm not going to take questions today on general subjects, not here any way, because there will be the opportunity in a couple of hours' time for a more general press conference. I will take a few questions on this subject but before I do, if Tony or Paul or Claire or Peter would like to say anything, I will invite them to do so now.Just on what you're doing, it's very much appreciated. We haven't been forgotten. We are all carrying the scars in various ways and from my perspective, it's one thing being in your 50s unemployed, it's another thing being in your 50s and unemployed. So it's a small should
token of where I think it should be. I really appreciate it. Thank you very much. Claire.After that, it is really important that this piece of legislation go through and that we need the support of everybody. We see so much in the medical world of the kind of things that happen to people who are victims of domestic violence. There is no difference between them and what we can do for people who have been victims of overseas terrorism. In fact it's more important in some ways because they do get forgotten here. So it's really important. I would urge you all to write this up and say yes, let's do something about it. Thanks, Tony, I really appreciate it. Paul?.Thank you, Tony. It's very much appreciated what you are doing, Tony. Your role in all this has been extraordinary for a man who could well be the leader of this country. At the time you were involved with those hurt in the bombing, you describe yourself those hurt in the second Bali as the then Minister bombing, you describe as the then You as the then Minister of health.
You were capacity that night on the You were not acting in that island of Bali, as capacity that night on island of Bali, as I understand
it. You island of Bali, it. You were acting as the man you are. You, from what I'm told, took yourself away from your family and to the site of where you had been told Australians had been bombed, at personal risk to yourself, to do what you could for your fellow man. There you found, I say, a dreadful scene to behold. I was part of that. You were told by the doctor you mentioned that my life was in the balance. You had the ability to acknowledge, to call from the skies an emergency air service which was able to then fly myself and another Novacastrian whose wife had been killed that night, to Singapore for essential medical services. Because I think you had been told by the doctors on hand that if that did not happen, it was unlikely that I would live. You can imagine the gratitude I have for you. This is by no means a political matter for me, Tony. You and I have worked on this for the time you have said. And thank you.Thanks, mate. Thanks so much. Peter?I would like to thank Tony for taking thank Tony for taking up crusade. 11 years ago I guess to be part of the first Bali bombings, it was horrific. We had to go through I guess your worst experience of the I said to Tony earlier that Bali made me a better person but I wouldn't want people to go through it. Tony has taken up the crusade because it's a human thing. This has got nothing to do with politics. We've spoken about this before. What you are doing and what the Liberal Party is doing is breaking that apart. We want it to be bipartisan. We want all politicians to realise we are human beings, we are Australians, we are after a fair go. I was with people who were 20, that are 30 now. I with was with people who are 30 and who are 40 now and that were 55 then and 65 now that are silent sufferers. At the end of the day you are doing something that's good for humanity. As an Australian, I'm a proud Australian, there is no doubt that politics does change things in Australia. I just hope that maybe in the next hundred days past the election next week, that there's a result for the wellbeing of a lot of people that not only out of the Bali bombings but also many years before that and I guess we want to be treated just not as special people because we know there's worse off people than us, but just for the victims family. The 88 Australians that didn't come home and many others that didn't come home from the second bombings and from Mumbai and Jakarta and stuff like that. I think about those families all the time. I might be a spokesman for the people that didn't come home, but well be it. Because they are silent sufferers, thanks Tony. Thanks to politicians and I hope you all do well next week.Thanks so much, mate.REPORTER: This is a personal journey for you. We know these fine Novocastrians here. But these people went overseas, they knew what the law was, there was no compensation. They have been medically treated. Maybe if Paul wasn't a friend of yours, maybe this wouldn't be happening. This is what the NDIS is for, but there is plenty of sufficient ring people at the moment.I except there are plenty of people doing it tough, I absolutely accept that. If you are the victim of violence here in Australia, if you are the victim of criminal violence here in Australia, you are acknowledged and to some extent recompensed through the State and Territory victims of crime legislation. If you are hurt through no fault of your own by crime, this is what happens to you. If the crime occurs here in Australia. I think if you are an Australian and you are the victim of overseas terrorism, you have been targeted because you are an Australian. The bombs didn't go off in Bali because there were locals there. The bombs went off in Bali because there Australians there. The bombs went off in New York and in London because Westerners being targeted for their
beliefs and London because Westerners were
being targeted beliefs and way of life. When people suffer beliefs and way of life. people suffer because of the
fact beliefs and way of life. When fact that they are Australian, a decent nation should offer some acknowledgement, some recognition and this is modest enough and yet it would be a significant way of acknowledging that our fellow Australians have been badly damaged by people who had malice towards us, all malice towards us, all of us, and they singled out fate, singled out these individuals to suffer and we should stand by them. This is a way of standing by them.There were travel warnings there at the time not to travel there?If you are walking down the street at 2am in Kings Cross in Sydney and you get king hit, maybe you shouldn't be there. Maybe it was an unwise place to be, an unwise thing to do. But if you do get king hit and you are badly damaged, you are helped by the NSW victims of crime legislation and I think that the Australian victims of overseas terrorism should get similar help.Mr Abbott, a couple of questions. The budget impact, there has been hundreds of victims of terrorism overseas. That total level payment is $75,000 and secondly, does anyone who has been a victim automatically qualify, what is the process?It's almost exactly parallel, as far as is humanly possible, it is exactly parallel to the State and Territory victims of crime scheme. In the end, these are discretionary payments for the relevant Minister but the relevant Minister would do it