Bali Commemeration

Today is the second anniversary of the terrible tragedy in Bali, where 202 people were killed.

I was watching Sky News this morning when I noticed an old familiar face- Damian Squire and his girlfriend have returned to Bali to commemorate those that died.

Damian Squire is a stalwart player of the Sturt Football Club. Sturt players were in Bali on that fateful night celebrating their Premiership win, and the bombing killed Josh Deegan, a player in the reserves team, and Bob Marshall, former player and was a team trainer. The joy of a group of young men celebrating their club’s first triumph for 26 years was turned to sorrow all too quickly.

For me, as a ordinary member of Sturt FC, that was very hard to take.

It is hard to say that justice has been done to the criminals who did this; some have been arrested, but others are at large, and they pose a continuing menace to both Australia and Indonesia.

But for me, this is a sad day, and one that I will never forget. For the survivors, wounds heal, but the memories remain. For the dead, may they rest in peace. And may the guilty rot!

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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