PM Julia Gillard will make trip to Bali despite threats

PM Julia Gillard
PM Julia Gillard Getty Images - Robert Prezioso

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says she will be in Kuta on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings despite Indonesian authorities indicating threats had been made against VIPs.

Ms Gillard told reporters while she would not comment on security matters for "common sense reasons", she wanted to be in Bali for a number of reasons.

"This is a moment of real significance for our nation," she said.

"Ten years ago I think we would all remember where we were and how we felt, how shocked we were.

"I want to spend some time with the families who have really had to absorb such grief. But also for the nation, speak about the journey over the ten years since, and everything that we've done to counter the threat of terrorism in Australia and beyond our shores."

Friday will mark 10 years since three bombs ripped through Kuta's popular nightclub precinct killing 202 people, including 88 Australians.

Ms Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and former prime minister John Howard will attend the memorial service in Bali at 11am (AEDT) on Friday.

In Canberra a service will be held in Parliament's Great Hall from 9.30am (AEDT) and will be attended by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Topics:  bali bombings john howard julia gillard security terrorism tony abbott

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