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Melbourne archbishop says don't let Bali anguish breed hate

Archbishop Denis Hart told yesterday's Bali memorial service at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral that Australians should not allow the Bali tragedy to generate fear and hatred of different ethnic groups.

Thousands attended memorial services all over the country to mark the first anniversary of last year's bombings on the Kuta nightclub strip in which more than 200 people including 88 Australian died.

The 300-strong Melbourne congregation included Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, State Governor John Landy, State Opposition Leader Robert Doyle, US consul-general David Hopper and Victorian Islamic Council president Yasser Soliman.

"It was a time when Australia lost its innocence," said Archbishop Denis Hart, who urged the congregation to find forgiveness for those involved in the bombings.

In Sydney, about 1000 people waited in windy conditions at Dolphins Point on Coogee Beach to place magnolias beneath a sculpture of three figures leaning on each other. Prayer services were held in Sydney's Anglican and Catholic cathedrals, and about 200 people walked through the city to Hyde Park for a non-denominational service.

The Age

Australians pay tribute to Bali victims (AAP)
Bali: We will never forget (The Australian)
Melbourne services (The Age)
At home, a nation pays its respects the Australian way
Australians remember Bali victims (Sydney Morning Herald)
More than 1000 expected to attend Melbourne Bali service (The Age)
Special Hobart service (The Mercury)

13 Oct 2003