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Death of Australian soldier in Afghanistan.

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Sun, 19th July 2009


The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Leader of the Opposition

The federal Opposition is deeply saddened by today’s news of the death of a young Australian soldier in


The thoughts and prayers of all Australians will be with his family.

Our thoughts and wishes are also with a second soldier recovering from serious wounds suffered in the same

bombing, along with three Afghan civilians, including a small boy, injured by the blast.

This tragedy reminds us all of the enormous dangers our forces face in Afghanistan every day, not least from the

ever-present threat of improvised explosive devices.

Coming on top of the vicious attacks in Jakarta, it is another horrific reminder that the global fight against violent

extremism is far from over; these indiscriminate bombings illustrate why it is vitally important to defeat the

scourge of terrorism, in Afghanistan as elsewhere.

Earlier this month, I visited Australian troops on the frontline in Afghanistan. I was hugely impressed by the

bravery and dedication of our forces. They are doing a magnificent job in our name, under our flag, in very tough


This brave soldier is the eleventh member of the Australian Defence Force to be killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

As Australians, we are immensely proud of the men and women of the ADF; of their service, and their sacrifice.

They are fighting in defence of liberty and democracy, the values on which our nation was founded.

Today, we mourn the loss of a courageous Australian, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family at this

extremely difficult time.