Australia PM announces terror attack compensation in Bali
KUTA, Indonesia (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday announced a scheme to compensate Australian victims of overseas terror attacks and their families as he laid a wreath at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings.
Flanked by his wife Margie and Bali governor I Made Mangku Pastika, Mr Abbott bowed his head during the solemn ceremony at a stone monument that honours the 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, who died in the attacks.
Mr Abbott said he was making the visit, after his attendance at a summit on Bali, to "honour the dead, to commiserate with those who were injured on that night and who still bear the scars, physical and mental".
Eighty-eight Australians were among those killed in the attacks by Islamist militants on a nightclub and bar on the party strip of Kuta on the Indonesian resort island.