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August 27, 1997 | JEFF BRAZIL and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nicole Burgess has been gone 16 months now. And how her parents, John and Sue, miss their girl who, even at 17, wouldn't go to sleep without a kiss from Dad. And how they wish Nicole wasn't a symbol, instead of just a winsome teenager who loved horses and adored her kid sister. Instead, Nicole's life or, more precisely, her death helped bring a revolutionary change in Australia's gun law. Nicole Burgess was one of 35 people who lost their lives in a spray of assault weapon bullets.
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July 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman stormed into a Melbourne abortion clinic, pulled a rifle out of a bag and shot a security guard to death as an anti-abortion group held a prayer vigil outside, Australian police said. The assailant was tackled by two men in the waiting room, who seized his weapon. He was taken into custody, but police said he refused to answer questions or give his name when he appeared before a judge on a charge of murder.
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February 13, 1989
Australia has become a far more violent society in the past 15 years, making some parts of its largest cities "no-go" zones, according to a new report. Serious assault has risen four-fold and reported rapes by 150% while robberies have doubled since 1974, according to a statistical study by the National Committee on Violence. The murder rate, however, has remained static.
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June 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Grief turned to anger Saturday for some of the survivors of a hostel fire that killed 15 backpackers, after police said they were searching for a man who might have set the blaze. Robert Paul Long, 37, was known to have frequented the Palace hostel and was seen there Friday night, shortly before fire swept through the building, Chief Supt. Ken Benjamin said.
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June 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
Grief turned to anger Saturday for some of the survivors of a hostel fire that killed 15 backpackers, after police said they were searching for a man who might have set the blaze. Robert Paul Long, 37, was known to have frequented the Palace hostel and was seen there Friday night, shortly before fire swept through the building, Chief Supt. Ken Benjamin said.
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April 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
A gunman who slaughtered at least 32 people at a busy tourist site was captured today after he bolted in flames from an inn he set ablaze with three hostages inside. The gunman, whom police identified as a 29-year-old Australian with a history of psychological problems, had opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle Sunday afternoon on tourists at a colonial prison site on the island of Tasmania. It was the worst shooting massacre in Australia this century.
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November 11, 1988 | From Reuters
A 20-year-old failed army cadet was sentenced to 460 years in prison Thursday for killing seven people and injuring several others in one of Australia's worst massacres. Julian Knight, who went on the rampage with high-powered rifles Aug. 9, 1987, was given seven life terms for murder on 46 charges of attempted murder. Supreme Court Judge George Hampel ordered Knight to serve at least 27 years before any parole.
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September 7, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Police sought the killers of a politician who had crusaded against gang violence. New South Wales state legislator John Newman, 47, was shot to death outside his home in Cabramatta, a Sydney suburb with many Southeast Asian immigrants. Prime Minister Paul Keating described the killing as a "disgraceful and cowardly act" and urged Australians not to blame the Asian community.
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July 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman stormed into a Melbourne abortion clinic, pulled a rifle out of a bag and shot a security guard to death as an anti-abortion group held a prayer vigil outside, Australian police said. The assailant was tackled by two men in the waiting room, who seized his weapon. He was taken into custody, but police said he refused to answer questions or give his name when he appeared before a judge on a charge of murder.
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August 27, 1997 | JEFF BRAZIL and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They love to adopt American styles here, from fast food to funky fashions, but there's one thing they want no part of: our off-the-charts gun violence. That's why dairy farmer Paul Arundell, standing in line at his neighborhood's Firearms Collection Centre, is doing something very un-American: surrendering his assault rifle to be destroyed. In return, he will pocket a government check for $400--more than twice the weapon's cost. And worth every nickel, Australian leaders say.
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August 27, 1997 | JEFF BRAZIL and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nicole Burgess has been gone 16 months now. And how her parents, John and Sue, miss their girl who, even at 17, wouldn't go to sleep without a kiss from Dad. And how they wish Nicole wasn't a symbol, instead of just a winsome teenager who loved horses and adored her kid sister. Instead, Nicole's life or, more precisely, her death helped bring a revolutionary change in Australia's gun law. Nicole Burgess was one of 35 people who lost their lives in a spray of assault weapon bullets.
NEWS
August 27, 1997 | JEFF BRAZIL and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They love to adopt American styles here, from fast food to funky fashions, but there's one thing they want no part of: our off-the-charts gun violence. That's why dairy farmer Paul Arundell, standing in line at his neighborhood's Firearms Collection Centre, is doing something very un-American: surrendering his assault rifle to be destroyed. In return, he will pocket a government check for $400--more than twice the weapon's cost. And worth every nickel, Australian leaders say.
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April 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Police charged a 28-year-old man today with one count of murder at a hospital bedside court in connection with a shooting massacre that left 35 people dead in the southern island state of Tasmania. Police said additional charges would be filed soon. Martin Bryant did not enter a plea. Judge Peter Dixon ordered him to remain in custody and to appear in court May 22. Bryant remained hospitalized in the same facility where 18 of his victims were treated for gunshot wounds.
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April 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
A gunman who slaughtered at least 32 people at a busy tourist site was captured today after he bolted in flames from an inn he set ablaze with three hostages inside. The gunman, whom police identified as a 29-year-old Australian with a history of psychological problems, had opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle Sunday afternoon on tourists at a colonial prison site on the island of Tasmania. It was the worst shooting massacre in Australia this century.
NEWS
September 7, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Police sought the killers of a politician who had crusaded against gang violence. New South Wales state legislator John Newman, 47, was shot to death outside his home in Cabramatta, a Sydney suburb with many Southeast Asian immigrants. Prime Minister Paul Keating described the killing as a "disgraceful and cowardly act" and urged Australians not to blame the Asian community.
NEWS
February 13, 1989
Australia has become a far more violent society in the past 15 years, making some parts of its largest cities "no-go" zones, according to a new report. Serious assault has risen four-fold and reported rapes by 150% while robberies have doubled since 1974, according to a statistical study by the National Committee on Violence. The murder rate, however, has remained static.
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April 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
Police charged a 28-year-old man today with one count of murder at a hospital bedside court in connection with a shooting massacre that left 35 people dead in the southern island state of Tasmania. Police said additional charges would be filed soon. Martin Bryant did not enter a plea. Judge Peter Dixon ordered him to remain in custody and to appear in court May 22. Bryant remained hospitalized in the same facility where 18 of his victims were treated for gunshot wounds.
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November 11, 1988 | From Reuters
A 20-year-old failed army cadet was sentenced to 460 years in prison Thursday for killing seven people and injuring several others in one of Australia's worst massacres. Julian Knight, who went on the rampage with high-powered rifles Aug. 9, 1987, was given seven life terms for murder on 46 charges of attempted murder. Supreme Court Judge George Hampel ordered Knight to serve at least 27 years before any parole.
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