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April 3rd, 2005

Nine Australian service personnel were killed in a helicopter crash during earthquake relief operations yesterday. This kind of work is always dangerous, and these brave men and women have given their lives to help others in danger. They are an example to us all, and their memory should be honoured.

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  1. Warbo
    April 3rd, 2005 at 07:01 | #1

    Hear hear.

  2. Mike
    April 3rd, 2005 at 10:55 | #2

    Imagine if this crash happened in Iraq. The anti-war types would be demanding they be brought back to our region (where they would be safe) and claiming John Howard was resposible for their deaths.

  3. Mike
    April 3rd, 2005 at 10:55 | #3

    Imagine if this crash happened in Iraq. The anti-war types would be demanding they be brought back to our region (where they would be safe) and claiming John Howard was responsible for their deaths.

  4. Ian Gould
    April 3rd, 2005 at 12:57 | #4

    I’m sure there are more contemptible actions than using the deaths of nine people to justify ad hominen attacks on the basis of what people who disagree with you might do in a hypothetical situation but i am hard-pressed to think of any off-hand.

    Have some decency.

  5. Graeme Bond
    April 3rd, 2005 at 15:23 | #5

    Mike, I am afraid folk like you just don’t get it.

    The overwhelming majority of Australians support the proper use of our armed forces, be it in relief operations as in Nias, operations such as East Timor and the Solomons etc.

    What we do object to is involving Australia, and risking Australian service personnel’s lives, in dubious ideological inspired operations supported largely by the Liberal Party and it’s acolytes.

  6. Warbo
    April 3rd, 2005 at 16:17 | #6

    It would be sad if this thread, in particular, descended into another slanging match about Iraq. Mike’s comment is too contemptible to be allowed to derail things.

  7. April 3rd, 2005 at 16:34 | #7

    These people died serving humanity, and deserve our deepest sympathy.

    I note that the Australian flag is being flown half mast. Are there rules / protocols which help decide when this is done?

  8. Andrew Reynolds
    April 3rd, 2005 at 16:37 | #8

    I agree, their families and friends also deserve sympathy.

    Chui Tey,
    Yes there are protocols, but the easy was to put it is that there needs to be a government decision to have a mourning period, typically a number of days. Normally, this is done spontaneously though.

  9. April 3rd, 2005 at 16:55 | #9

    Very sad.

  10. April 3rd, 2005 at 19:57 | #10

    Well put… I can only concur.

  11. John
    April 3rd, 2005 at 20:27 | #11

    My heart goes out to these people working on such a worthy cause. Still wonder why ,according to S.B.S NEWS, the Captain of the ship, that lost these brave souls, had his press conference pulled from higher up.

  12. April 3rd, 2005 at 22:37 | #12

    Our best face to the world – the kind of Australians we can all be proud of.

  13. Paul Norton
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:08 | #13

    Mike, do you include the late Pope John Paul II in your category of “anti-war types”? After all, he opposed the war in Iraq and tried to prevent it, as did we.

  14. Andrew Reynolds
    April 4th, 2005 at 11:26 | #14

    Paul,
    I would suggest we give Mike’s comment the silence it deserves from here on.

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