After Port Arthur: Personal stories of courage and by Carol Altmann

By Carol Altmann

A decade on, journalist Carol Altmann appears at how the folk, where, the killer, and the entire state has replaced because the awful bloodbath at considered one of Australia's such a lot notorious historical landmarks.

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In Hobart, the Royal Hobart Hospital activated a Code Brown emergency; a disaster response plan that had only recently been updated and improved to deal with any large-scale trauma. While the various medical teams worked frantically to help the injured, an enormous police operation was also moving into position on the peninsula. The response would eventually involve almost half of Tasmania’s 1000-strong police force, plus officers from the Special Operations Group and reinforcements flown across from Victoria.

It didn’t stop the waves of intense sadness and loss, but it did stop the torment of the unknown. The circumstances which saw him receive the grief counselling notes before the massacre reignited his firm belief in God and provided a solid grounding at a time he needed it most. Rediscovering his faith, he says, was a bit like sitting in a sports car for a time, before finally turning the key. ‘Until you put the key in the ignition and turn it on, you haven’t got a clue where it will take you and you certainly haven’t got a clue of the power available.

Rediscovering his faith, he says, was a bit like sitting in a sports car for a time, before finally turning the key. ‘Until you put the key in the ignition and turn it on, you haven’t got a clue where it will take you and you certainly haven’t got a clue of the power available. ’ Keith, however, is not one to robustly push his religious beliefs onto others. Instead, the strength and comfort they provide are the silent forces behind his ability to reach out and help others. They are the secret behind what many see as Keith’s unbreakable spirit.

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