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Transcript 40103

Tsunami Memorial

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Turnbull, Malcolm

Period of Service: 15/09/2015 to 24/08/2018

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Release Date: 03/12/2015

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 40103

The Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred almost 11 years ago tragically took the lives of approximately 230,000 people – 26 of whom called Australia home.

On Boxing Day 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The resulting tsunami was one of the most horrific natural disasters in recorded history.

All Australians were affected by the tsunami, but none more so than the families of our Australians who lost their lives.

It is important we have a place where relatives of the Australians who died can gather as they share a special bond. Nobody else can understand what they went through.

The tsunami memorial being unveiled in Canberra today will provide a place where Australians, particularly the relatives, can meet to reflect on the natural disaster and remember the Australians who lost their lives.

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