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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

 

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, THE HON KIM C BEAZLEY

 

SWISS CANYONING DISASTER

 

All Australians will today be horrified at the unfolding tragedy that has befallen young Australian travellers in Switzerland.

 

At this stage, it is believed that thirteen Australians are among those who died in the canyoning accident.

 

To the families, friends and loved ones of those who have died, I offer my sincerest heartfelt sympathy. The loss of young lives in the pursuit of the adventure of a lifetime is tragedy beyond comprehension.

 

I commend the efforts of the rescuers and the Australian consular officials who have worked long and hard in locating and identifying the victims of the accident, and who have undertaken the harrowing task of contacting family members.

 

Rockhampton

29 July 1999

 

 

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