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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER FA128 17 October 2003

BALI HONOURS RECOGNISE OUTSTANDING EFFORTS

I warmly congratulate the 52 members of my department and two members of AusAid who were today recognised in the Bali Honours List for awards within the Order of Australia for their tireless efforts in responding to this tragedy.

I am very proud of the role my department played in close collaboration with other parts of the government, Indonesian authorities and numerous volunteers in very difficult circumstances. They worked selflessly and professionally to deal with the tragedy, accounting for the many Australians who were caught up in the attacks. They comforted and supported the victims, helped to organise the return to Australia of the injured and handled the difficult and stressful recovery and repatriation of remains back home.

Thirty two departmental officers from Canberra and our embassy in Jakarta were despatched to Bali within hours of the bombing to supplement our Consulate in Bali. Their role was to assist grieving families in the agonising task of locating and identifying victims.

It is difficult to single people out but I would like to pay special tribute to the outstanding efforts of Ross Tysoe, who was today appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia. He and his colleague David Chaplin were among the first on the scene.

Over 700 staff volunteered to work in the crisis and emergency call centre, which was set up in Canberra in the immediate aftermath of the bombings. In the first days, over 30,000 calls were taken from distressed Australians concerned about the welfare of loved ones.

I would also like to congratulate the many volunteers whose outstanding efforts in working to save lives are also recognised today.

There are many unsung heroes both in Australia and in Bali whose efforts and compassion have played a vital role in responding to this senseless atrocity. For many this has had a profound and lasting impact.

The recipients of these awards exemplify the commitment and dedication of all involved. They are a small but important symbol of the spirit of community we as Australians share with each other and our neighbours.

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BALI TRAGEDY HONOURS LIST

DFAT Officers AO Ross Tysoe

DFAT Officers AM David Chaplin Ian Kemish John McAnulty Colin Rigby Dr Richard Tomlins

DFAT Officers PSM Brad Armstrong Bill Jackson Ric Smith Tracey Wunder

DFAT Officers OAM

Indonesian team Julie Brownrigg Brent Hall Kim Lamb Susan Cobley Brian Diamond Barry White Lorenzo Strano Kirk Coningham Liz O’Neill Rod McBride Lex Bartlem Tom Sinkovits Steve Candotti Frank Evatt Rebecca Hamon Mark Fraser Mark Pearson John Jansen Tim Toomey Ruth Stone Julie Shiels Craig Chittick Don Elliott Neil Mules John Godwin Richard Jameson Elizabeth Morris David Imhoff

OAM CONT’D

Australian team Janette Lynagh Susan Cox Jeff Roach Tracy Reid Chris De Cure Philip Green Fiona Leonard Donald Smith

DFAT LES Dharti Suta Angky Septiana Yudiartha Giri Putu Aryartha Wayan Yuliasih Deborah Manduapessy

AusAID Catherine Yates Zabeta Moutafis