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The federal minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, interviewed by SBS Portuguese at the ANZAC sunset service, with the participation of a Timorese delegation led by Xanana Gusmão.
Beatriz Wagner / SBS Radio Portuguese

27 Apr 2015 - 1:28 PM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2015 - 7:46 PM

Turnbull started the day attending the Anzac down service in Bondi beach in Sydney. He estimated around 10,000 people participated of the commemorations.


The minister said to SBS Portuguese “this has been the biggest ANZAC day in our country’s history”.


Turnbull said Australia played a very important role ensuring East Timor became independent, and claims the relationship between the two countries is very close.


Reflecting on the recent siege in Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney, Turnbull said to SBS Radio Portuguese, that “the most important thing to take away from that event is that an act of pointless hatred (…) was responded to with firmness by the security forces (…) with courage by the hostages (…)”.


Turbull said the response from the society “demonstrated that we weren’t going to allow ourselves to be pushed into the same realm of hatred that the terrorists obviously occupied”.


SBS Radio Portuguese also interviewed former Labor MP Janelle Saffin, who is now a legal advisor for the Timorese government on maritime boundaries.


Janelle Saffin commented on the participation of former Timor-Leste prime minister, Xanana Gusmão, in Sydney's Anzac's day conmemorations.



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