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Great sadness at the loss of Corporal Atkinson: Brown

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3 February 2011

Great sadness at the loss of Corporal Atkinson ­ Brown    Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today expressed great sadness at the loss of Hobart-born Corporal Richard Atkinson and the injury to his fellow soldier.

“The Greens join all Australians in our gratitude for the service to the nation and offer deep sympathy to his family, friends and serving comrades,” Senator Brown said in Hobart.

Corporal Atkinson of the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment was killed as a result of an improvised explosive device strike yesterday during operations in Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force announced earlier today.

Marion Rae Director of Media/Senior Media Adviser Senator Bob Brown | Leader of the Australian Greens Suite SG-112 Parliament House, Canberra ACT P: 02 6277 3577 | M: 0438 376 082| F: 02 6277 3185