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Vaiont Dam disaster in Italy



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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS,

F O R T H E P R E S S

L elea se d o n ly iiat C an b erra;)

CANBERRA.

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VAIONT DM DISASTER IN ITALY

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f o l lo w in g m e ssa g e t o t h e P r e s i d e n t o f I t a l y e x p r e s s i n g th e

sym pathy, o f h im s e lf^ , t h e G overnm ent and p e o p le o f A u s t r a l i a ,

t o t h e I t a l i a n p e o p le an d s p e c i a l l y ito a l l t h o s e who h a v e

b e e n b e r e a v e d b y t h e V a io n t Dam d i s a s t e r : - .

’*! w i s h zt o con v ey t o you fro m m y se lf^

t h e G o v ern m en t, an d t h e p e o p le of. A u s t r a l i a t h e d e e p

' s e n s e o f h o r r o r and s t r e s s ; w ith w h ic h t h e news o f t h e

V a io n t Dam d i s a s t e r h a s b e e n r e c e i v e d i n t h i s c o u n try *

i n v o l v i n g a s i t h a s t h e t r a g i c l o s s o f so many l i v e s ;

and su c h g r e a t d e s t r u c t i o n o f p r o p e r t y »

' May I e x te n d on b e h a l f o f a l l A u s t r a l i a n s

o u r d e e p sy m p a th y t o t h e b e re a v e d »

The s e n s e o f t h e · t r a g e d y w h ic h h a s b e f a l l e n ;

y o u r c o u n tr y i s quickened), b y t h e p r e s e n c e am ongst u s o f

s:o m^ny men and women fro m I t a l y who;, h a v in g l e f t t h e i r

h o m elan d ,, r e t a i n f o r i t a s t r o n g and a b i d i n g a f f e c t i o n . "