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Podcast: Port Arthur massacre first responders speak after 25 years

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Twenty-Five years ago a lone gunman, who we won't name in this podcast, killed 35 people and injured dozens more predominantly at the Port Arthur historic site outside Hobart in Tasmania.

The shootings rocked the entire country, and resulted in strict gun laws the government hoped would prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.

Jim Morrison (centre) and other members of the Special Operations Group responded to the Port Arthur shooting in 1996. Picture: Supplied

Jim Morrison (centre) and other members of the Special Operations Group responded to the Port Arthur shooting in 1996. Picture: Supplied

The echoes of that violence are still reverberating, and for survivors, victims' families and, first responders the trauma persists.

The Port Arthur Massacre is a difficult subject to broach in Tasmania, the mass murder is surrounded by an unofficial vow of silence.

But some people think we should talk about it, in order to help Port Arthur, Tasmania, and the country heal.

On this week's episode of Voice of Real Australia we speak to first responders who were there, some of which have never spoken publicly about the tragedy before.

Port Arthur historical site and surrounds from above 1996. Picture: File

Port Arthur historical site and surrounds from above 1996. Picture: File

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This story First responders break silence on Port Arthur massacre first appeared on Newcastle Herald.