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Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP


20 February 2017

19 February 2017

  • Today, we mark an important date in our history: the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. At 9.58am on 19 February, 1942, Japanese aircraft began bombing the city of Darwin. We remember that more than 240 people were killed during two attacks on that day. The bombing was indiscriminate, killing military and civilian, men and women, young and old.

  • We are here today gathered as the Governor-General acknowledged on the land of the Larrakia people to remember the day 75 years ago in 1942, when a formation of silver flecks, glinting in the mid-morning sun, appeared over the horizon.

  • Good morning, Nigel Scullion and I have been honoured to be in the company of the men and women who defended Darwin 75 years ago when the war came to Australia, when the people of this city, the servicemen and women of Australia and the United States stood firm against the onslaught.

18 February 2017

  • Both Australia and New Zealand are committed to free trade and we will continue making the case for opening more markets for both our nations in all the international forums.

17 February 2017


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