On 12 October, I had the privilege of representing the Australian Government on the 16th anniversary of the Bali Bombings and laying a wreath at the memorial in Kuta, which remembers the 202 victims, including 88 Australians who tragically lost their lives.
It was a sobering experience and a reminder of the need for close collaboration between Australia and Indonesia in our fight against terrorism.
While in Bali, I also visited the Puja Mandala Multi-Faith Complex, which houses the places of worship of five great faiths – Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Protestant. It is a great example of the Indonesian community existing together in harmony.
Here I also laid a wreath and paid my respects to the victims of the recent natural disasters in Indonesia, including the Tsunami in Sulawesi and the earthquakes in Lombok.