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South Australia commemorates day of mourning.



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H111a/2002

SOUTH AUSTRALIA COMMEMORATES DAY OF MOURNING

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Gary Hardgrave, has called on all Australians to mark the day of mourning for the victims of the Bali bombing to be held on Sunday October 20.

“This is a tragedy unsurpassed in peace time which affects every Australian, and I encourage everyone to commemorate the lives that were lost or forever changed by the event,” Mr Hardgrave said.

St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide is holding a multifaith service at 1:30pm. Representatives of various religions will participate by praying as a sign of unity as Australians.

“The many leaders of the Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim and Jewish communities amongst others I have spoken to over the past few days are asking their communities to participate in a minute’s silence at midday and spend time with their families,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“They have expressed to me their unity with all Australians, especially at this time of national grief,” he said.

Mr Hardgrave said while people of all faiths, including senior Imams will attend the commemorative events, there were many other ways to mark the occasion.

“It might be as simple as wearing a sprig of wattle, and taking a moment to think about all the people affected by this tragedy,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“Perhaps, in support of the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters and friends of the victims, people might find it appropriate to get together with their families and friends tomorrow, and plant a wattle as a symbol of renewal.

“This tragic event has reaffirmed the importance preserving what Australians of all religions and backgrounds have worked so hard to create, and what we all cherish - the Australian way of life which accepts and celebrates differences, whilst challenging everyone to contribute to this great nation,” Mr Hardgrave said.

18 OCTOBER 2002

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