Bill's Speeches

STATEMENT TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - ATTACK ON TUNISIA

 

ATTACK ON TUNISIA

THURSDAY, 19 MARCH 2015

 

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We’ve been saddened this morning by reports of at least 19 people having been killed at the National Museum in Tunisia – and many more wounded.
I’m sure that we all felt when we saw the footage, that we saw evil abroad again, innocence murdered, tourists and citizens killed, the footage of scared people seeking security.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with the fledgling democracy of Tunisia, and the citizens of Tunisia, and of the course the families and friends of those who have lost their lives – many of them international tourists.
It is an act of murder, Madam Speaker designed to shake the foundations of a new democracy, but I understand that the Tunisian Members of their Parliament, locked down in their countries Parliament as reports of the attack broke, they refused to cower in fear. Instead they sang their national anthem in defiance.
Our Parliament is reminded of their strength and we stand with them in democratic solidarity.
ENDS
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