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Arrival of the Olympic Torch at Uluru.

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ARRIVAL OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH AT ULURU The arrival of the Olympic torch at Uluru today will bring great pride to all Australians as we look forward with growing anticipation towards the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney.

The journey of the Olympic torch through Australia is an important part of bringing the Games to the entire nation. All Australians should share in its spirit.

The eyes of the world will follow the progress of the torch, beaming images of our nation around the globe.

Uluru will be a marvellous introduction to many foreigners unfamiliar with Australia. It is a site that holds deep significance to its traditional owners, as well as being one of the great symbols of Australia and one of our most famous and cherished tourist attractions.

The Australian Government funded the Torch’s journey through Oceania to bring the Games to the region and to thank the countries of our region for their support of the Sydney bid. The torch relay has been a great success in every country through which it has passed.

Now, it is Australia’s turn to share the excitement and to benefit from the enormous impact that the Olympics will bring to this nation.

Every state and territory will host the torch and up to 11,000 Australians will be part of the Olympics by carrying the flame. The route of the torch will be within one hour’s drive from the majority of Australians.

All Australians are looking forward to a safe and successful Olympic Games, which will showcase our country to the world.

8 June 2000

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