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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1155 ..

Tuesday, 14 May 1996


MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): I move:

That the Assembly expresses its deep regret at the deaths which occurred in the Port Arthur tragedy and tenders its profound sympathy to the families in their bereavement and the people of Tasmania.

Sunday, 28 April, and the days that followed will be remembered as the time Australia went into shock after 35 people were killed and another 19 wounded at the tourist site of Port Arthur in Tasmania. It was a senseless action by a single individual that put an end to the lives and hopes of so many innocent people who were simply out sightseeing. The loss of those people will affect the lives of countless Australians, family and friends, workmates and many more people from overseas for a very long time to come.

Those who died from gunshot wounds included 16 men, 13 women and three children from Australia, as well as two people from Malaysia and one from India. From New South Wales there were Zoe Anne Hall, who was 28; Glen Pears, 35; Tony Kistan, 48; Andrew Mills, 39; Helene and Robert Salzmann, both in their 50s; Jim Pollard, 72; and Elizabeth Howard, 28. From Tasmania there were Royce Thompson, who was 59; Janet Quin, 50; Nanette Mikac, 36, and her children, Madeline, 3, and Alannah, 6; Mary Nixon, 55; David and Sally Martin, both in their 60s; and Jason Winter, 39. From Victoria there were Walter Bennett, who was 66; Kevin Vincent Sharp, who was 69; Raymond J. Sharp, who was 67; Sarah Loughton, who was 15; Mervyn and Mary Howard, who were 55 and 57, respectively; Dennis Lever, who was in his 50s; Ron Jary, who was 71; Pauline Masters, who was 49; Elva Gaylard, who was 48; Peter Nash, who was 32; and Anthony Nightingale, who was 43. From Western Australia there was Kate Elizabeth Scott, who was 21. There were Winifred Aplin, who was 58, and Gwenda Neander, who was 67, from South Australia. From Malaysia there were Ng Moh Yee William and Chung Soo Leng, who was 32; and there was an unknown individual from India. I think that, when you put names and ages to people, it makes them seem much closer to us.

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