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Curtin University
Note to staff

16 November 2015


 Shocking attacks in Paris

Over the weekend, we learned of the shocking terrorist attacks in Paris.  Over 120 people are confirmed dead and many more were injured in a series of violent and coordinated attacks across the French capital.

Communities all over the world have expressed their horror at the violence and their support for the people of France, and there has been widespread condemnation by governments of the attacks.

On behalf of the Curtin community, I offer our deepest sympathies to those affected by these terrible events.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to victims and their loved ones.

We have checked on the wellbeing of students and staff known to be in France, and no one from Curtin has been caught up in the attacks.  All University travel to Paris has been stopped for the time being.

I am mindful that the Paris attacks come only days after a Russian passenger flight was bombed and suicide bombings in Beirut.  Any member of the Curtin community who has been affected by terrorism, or who needs support of any kind, is encouraged to contact the Student Wellbeing Hotline on 1800 244 043 or the Curtin Counselling Service on 9266 7850.  The University will provide any assistance possible to help those affected.

As a sign of support we will light Curtin Stadium with the colours of the French flag, and a multi-faith memorial service will be held on the Bentley Campus for all who wish to attend.  Details of the service will be provided as soon as they are finalised.

We had begun to hear reports of these events on Saturday morning as senior staff joined members of Council for a Council workshop.  In his opening remarks the Chancellor reflected on the fact that such events reinforce the value of universities, because we create knowledge, understanding and enlightenment, all of which contribute to a strong civil society.

In the wake of these terrible events, I know we will all continue to support all our friends and colleagues within our own wonderful and much-valued multicultural community.


  1. Jocelyn Cook November 16, 2015 11:17am

    Thank you for your timely, measured and compassionate observations on the attacks that took place in Paris last Friday. The lighting of the stadium is powerful symbol of the moral support offered on behalf of Curtin to all affected by these terrible events.

  2. Gareth Hall November 16, 2015 11:18am

    When will the stadium be lit? Thanks.

    • Ann Paterson November 16, 2015 11:20am

      It will start tonight.

  3. Kliti Grice November 16, 2015 11:30am

    Deepest sympathies to the civil world of these terrible events.

  4. Kylie Hill November 16, 2015 12:10pm

    Can we also take some time to light up the stadium in the colours of the Lebanese flag? The attacks in Beirut have had almost no media coverage. The loss of life in Beirut is just as significant as the loss in France.

    • Ann Paterson November 17, 2015 2:42pm

      Thanks for suggesting this, Kylie and Chris.

      The Stadium will be lit with the colours of the French, Lebanese and Iraqi flags (in a four minute sequence) to show support for those communities after recent attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad. This will start tonight and finish on Thursday night, and the planned Pride programming will then resume.

      Many thanks to Chad Cutmore for this idea and for making it happen!

  5. Chris Ford November 17, 2015 8:33am

    I agree Kylie – it’s as though our media have completely dismissed the Beirut attacks as a non-event.

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