• Behind the Story

    Apr 16 2007

    The Dreadful Burden

    The Port Arthur massacre was Australia's worst mass murder, with 35 people killed. I had been covering it all week and, I thought, coping well. But as I stood at that tree I suddenly found myself weeping.

  • Behind the Story

    Mar 10 2006

    The Port Arthur Massacre, April 28, 1996

    Just about everyone remembers where they were when they recall some cataclysmic event in their life. When Hobart man Martin Bryant began indiscriminately shooting people at one of Tasmania’s iconic tourism destinations I was entertaining 35 women at home. I was hosting a “girls” lunch for my journalist colleagues and some friends who held responsible positions in government.

  • Behind the Story

    Mar 1 2005

    The Emotional Toll of Disaster Reporting

    Nine years ago, soon after I joined The Australian, I was sent to Port Arthur to cover the massacre of 35 people by gunman Martin Bryant.

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