September 14, 2021
Tania MAXWELL (Northern Victoria): I rise to reflect on that horrific day in America 20 years ago known as 9/11.
A day that still ignites incredible sadness as each anniversary passes. To all who have been impacted by that tragedy, my heart goes out to you.
I think most Australians will remember exactly what they were doing at the time those planes hit the Twin Towers (in New York) and the other planes crashed into the Pentagon (in Virginia) and on the ground (near Shanksville, Pennsylvania).
This horrendous attack was committed by terrorists wanting to control and feel superior, wanting to show the world what they were capable of, by taking innocent lives.
Terrorists in our country have also wanted the same for us, and I take a stand here today to implore our government to hold those responsible for crimes of terrorism. Those incarcerated should remain in prison, to prevent a 9/11 happening in our country.
IMAGE: Flight 93 memorial, Shanksville, Pennsylvania. [NPR/Tim Lambert]