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Bali bombings: Albanese to pay tribute to victims of act of calculated depravity

Bali bombings: Albanese to pay tribute to victims of act of calculated depravity


Bali bombings: Albanese to pay tribute to victims of act of calculated depravity

Anthony Albanese will mark the 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings by denouncing the terrorists for "an act of malice and calculated depravity" while vowing never to let the memories of the victims fade.

In a speech on Wednesday, the Australian prime minister was expected to reflect on the passage of 20 years since 202 people, including 88 Australians, were killed in Bali, Indonesia. He was to say that "so many hearts are still tethered to that cruel night, every beat tempered by an abiding sorrow".

Two bombs tore through the popular nightspots of the Sari Club and Paddy's Pub, shortly after 11pm local time. The victims were from more than 20 countries, including Indonesia, Britain, the US, Brazil, Germany and New Zealand. But Australia suffered the highest death toll, and it was the largest number of Australians killed in a terrorist attack.

Across the country on Wednesday, Australians were expected to remember those who died and the trauma that remains for those who survived.

The Australian government was due to host a memorial service at Parliament House and a commemorative ceremony was to be held at the Australian consulate general in Bali, Indonesia.

Of the Australians killed, six were members of the Coogee Dolphins rugby league club.

At the Bali memorial on Dolphins Point, at the northern end of Coogee beach, a commemorative service will be held at 10am for all of the victims of the terror attack.

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