Read the transcript for Episode 17 of the Voice of Real Australia podcast: Port Arthur Massacre First Responders Speak After 25 Years

Updated April 28 2021 - 4:33am, first published 4:20am

Tom Melville 0:00 Just a warning. This podcast contains descriptions of violence and discusses suicide and post traumatic stress disorder. discretion is advised. If you need someone to speak to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 will be on blue on one 1300 22 4636. Hi, I'm Tom Melville, and this is voice of real Australia. Each episode we bring new people, places and perspectives from beyond the big cities. 25 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. 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. And 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. Melissa Mobbs works for The Examiner based in Launceston. She spoke to first responders who were there, some of whom are breaking their silence after 25 years

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