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Media Release by The Hon John Cobb MP

Government Supports Families Attending Bali Bombings Trials

Australian survivors and family members of the victims of the 1 October 2005 Bali Bombings will be able to travel to Indonesia to attend part of the Bali Bombings trials under an assistance package delivered by the Australian Government.

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today announced the package, which will help eligible people meet the travel and accommodation costs associated with attending the trials.

‘Given the nature of the tragedy and the Australian Government’s desire to support survivors and the families of victims, an assistance package similar to that provided for travel to the 2002 Bali Bombings trials, has been developed,’ Mr Cobb said.

This package includes:
•one return economy airfare to Bali, and direct connecting domestic flight(s);
•accommodation and related costs for one trip of up to 7 nights;
•reasonable travel insurance and passport costs.

‘The Australian Government will also provide support through Centrelink Family Liaison Officers, Australian Federal Police Family Investigations Liaison Officers and Consulate Officers.

‘For many people, attending the trials is an important part of their healing process. By providing this package, the Government is removing financial pressures enabling survivors and family members of the victims to be present at the trials.

‘This package is part the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to providing support and assistance to Australians involved in terrorist attacks and their families,’ Mr Cobb said.

On 1 October 2005 targeted explosions occurred in Bali killing four, and injuring 17 Australians. The trials of the accused began on Tuesday 9 May and are expected to run for several months.