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Woods speech inspires Bali service
Relatives at the Canberra service.

An emotional Dr Fiona Wood has given an inspirational speech at the Canberra service to mark the tenth anniversary of the Bali bombings, saying it was a privilege to “help those lives on that day”.

Dr Wood, a former Australian of the Year and burns specialist who treated many of the victims at Royal Perth Hospital said: “I see within those hearts, resilience that is inspirational, love that is selfless and an energy ... across Australia in all sorts of areas.

“All you have to do is look for it and to connect with it and it will grow.”

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"As I look down that tunnel of time to that morning ten years ago when we heard the news, I saw many Australians doing many astonishing things.

"From the Sari Club to the Sanglah hospital to tarmac at Denpasar into the Northern Territory's triage centre that's gone on to excel themselves year in and year out in this last decade.

"To all the burns centres across Australia, to all the health facilities across Australia who stepped up to the plate. To all those Australians who helped people they didn't even know, but what they did know was that they were in need at that time.

"And of course it wasn't just Australians as we have heard. Helping people was what we did. As a health professional its my educational training that puts me in that position of privilege, to help people when their life changes in an instant.

"So in the words of George Bernard Shaw, life is no brief candle, it's a sort of flaming torch we have a hold of for a moment and we want to burn as brightly as possible before we hand it on to the next generation.

Acting prime minister Chris Evans said Bali was a place of beauty, art and culture and home to a warm and loving people where many Australians, including his own family, holidayed.

“Today we remember when Bali became something quite different - a place of senseless death and destruction,” Senator Evans told the service.

It was where 202 innocent people, among them 88 Australians, were murdered and scores of others were injured and left scarred.

Just as Americans would always remember September 11, 2001 as the day terror struck their nation, Australians would always remember the day of the Bali bombings.

“For while they bombed Indonesia, they targeted Australia,“ Senator Evans said.

“Our thoughts are with those who still suffer, to the families and friends.”

“We should never forget the horror of that day nor the loss we feel.”

Senator Evans said what was a terrible day of shared grief for Indonesia and Australia, had become a day of great shared resolve to defeat terrorism.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce

“To see the perpetrators brought to justice and to defend democracy and tolerance,” he said.

Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop said the victims of the Bali bombing were not soldiers, nor were they in uniform or armed.

“They were innocent civilians suddenly and mercilessly killed,“ she told the service.

They were people relaxing on holiday, enjoying the casual carefree lifestyle offered in Bali.

“We cannot comprehend the mindless cruelty, the cowardly extremism behind the attacks and rightly we demanded justice against the perpetrators.”

Australians felt grief and sadness for the tragic loss of that day, Ms Bishop said.

“We give joyful thanks for the lives they led and the love they shared,” she said.

Indonesian embassy charge d’affaires Wiwiek Setyawati Firman said all Indonesians felt anger “as to why this happened and why this happened in Bali”.

“Ten years on the pain of the loss still remains and we will remember them forever,” she said.

“But no single act of terror can weaken our bonds of friendship nor diminish our common resolve to fight terror in all the world.”

Survivors of the attack, family members, church leaders and diplomats representing nations which lost citizens in the bombing followed Ms Bryce in placing flowers on the National Memorial Wreath.

The commemoration wound up with the singing of the recessional anthem “I Vow to Thee My Country” by the Canberra Choral Society.


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