Port Arthur Massacre

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Event.png Port Arthur Massacre (Deep event?) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date28 April 1996
LocationPort Arthur,  Tasmania,  Australia
Blamed onMartin Bryant
Type• Mass shooting
• Gun control shooting
• Mass murder
• Carjacking
• Arson
Injured (non-fatal)37
Interest ofPaul Moder
DescriptionA mass shooting incident in and around Port Arthur Tasmania on 28 April 1996.

The Port Arthur massacre in 1996 was a mass shooting in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Martin Bryant, pleaded guilty and was given 35 life sentences without possibility of parole. Fundamental changes of gun control laws within Australia followed the incident. In 2016 footage of his interrogation was released for Australian television, substantiating the official narrative about the event.[1][2][3]

Official narrative

The Port Arthur massacre of 28-29 April 1996 was a killing spree which claimed the lives of 35 people and wounded 37 others mainly at the historic Port Arthur prison colony, a popular tourist site in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia.[4] The attack was perpetrated by "lone nut" Martin Bryant, a 28-year-old from New Town, a suburb of Hobart, who (in spite of having an IQ of only 66) displayed considerable shooting skills, killing 12 people in 15 seconds.[5][6] After initially denying responsibility, Bryant pleaded guilty to the crimes and was given 35 life sentences without possibility of parole.

Alternative culpability

“It will take a massacre in Tasmania before we get gun law reform in Australia.”
Barry Unsworth (29 April 1996)  [7]

Right after the event and ever since concerns about the official narrative have been raised.

Tavistock Institute

Allen Douglas and Michael J. Sharp wrote in EIR that the British security services through the Tavistock Institute connected psychiatrist that were evaluating Bryant.[8]

The Mossad

Joe Vialls claimed early on that the Mossad did it, but that it was covered up by the Australian government.[9][10] While this theory was the most popular originally, following the introduction of gun control, the gun control narrative became the most popular narrative, especially amongst US viewers of this event, who note the same gun control theories about various events in USA.

Australian "domestic terrorists"

Some[Who?] have claimed that this may have been done by "domestic terrorists" aiming to control tourist traffic to Australia, and in particular trying to prevent foreign tour guides (especially Japanese) from taking jobs away from Australians. Unlike the above two theories, this is in line with previous government policies, and is supported by the gunman's statement, immediately prior to the attack :"There are a lot of WASPS, not a lot of Japs".[11][12]

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

Gun lobbyists including the NRA had blamed the Australian government of organising it, through the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, in order to push forward the gun control that won the John Howard Government the election a couple of years later. The massacre was followed by "a nationwide overhaul of gun regulation, as well as the buyback of more than 650,000 firearms."[5]

Mort Truck

Mort Truck2.jpg

There exists reports that the official government issued mort truck for the region was custom built shortly before the massacre and sold off directly thereafter.[13][14]


The National Firearms Agreement was implemented for firearm control.[15] Four days after the killings, the Australian Prime Minister John Howard told the parliament:

“We need to achieve a total prohibition on the ownership, possession, sale and importation of all automatic and semi-automatic weapons. That will be the essence of the proposal that will be put by the Commonwealth government at the meeting on Friday...”
John Howard [16]

The laws to give effect to the Agreement were passed by Australian State governments only 12 days after the Port Arthur massacre.[17]

External links


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Port Arthur Massacre - A sceptical re-appraisalwebpage17 December 2010Syd Walker
File:Port Arthur Massacre-A Critical Study.pdfbook2006Carl Wernerhoff
File:Port Arthur Massacre.pdfarticle2006Carl Wernerhoff
Document:Tasmanian Minister Misleads Canberra about Fresh Evidence on Port ArthurwebpageFebruary 2001Joe Vialls


The Official Culprit

Martin BryantThe official "lone nut" perpetrator of the Port Arthur Massacre, with an IQ of just 66.
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  1. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3479014/Chilling-footage-Martin-Bryant-interrogated-shows-moment-admits-carrying-Australia-worst-mass-murder-thought-camera-off.html
  2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3479871/Martin-Bryant-conspiracy-theorists-insist-Port-Arthur-massacre-staged-end-gun-ownership-despite-killer-s-confession-screening-TV.html
  3. MASS KILLER INTERVIEW: Martin Bryant, the Port Arthur shooter killed 35 people | 7NEWS Spotlight
  4. Aftermath of horror death toll climbs to 35 New York Daily News 30 April 1996
  5. a b https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/15/it-took-one-massacre-how-australia-made-gun-control-happen-after-port-arthur
  6. https://criminalminds.fandom.com/wiki/Martin_Bryant saved at Archive.org saved at Archive.is
  7. https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/heres-a-list-of-the-craziest-port-arthur-conspiracy-theories/news-story/195ca7e4f1cd6d02349534b57915871a The Australian
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20130602171331/http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1997/eirv24n21-19970516/eirv24n21-19970516_046-mass_murder_in_australia_tavisto.pdf
  9. http://www.whale.to/b/viallspam.html saved at Archive.org
  10. http://archive.today/2002.02.04-150336/http://geocities.com/vialls/portarthur.html
  11. http://web.archive.org/web/20130602171331/http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1997/eirv24n21-19970516/eirv24n21-19970516_046-mass_murder_in_australia_tavisto.pdf
  12. https://www.news.com.au/national/crime/life-of-bryant-killers-bizarre-existence-before-he-murdered-35-in-port-arthur-massacre/news-story/7d0f846e758877f801d23ff34064a9bc saved at Archive.org
  13. https://portarthurinquiry.blogspot.com/2018/12/truck.html
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20130602164452/http://southeastasianews.org/portarthur/the_morgue_truck.html
  15. http://archive.today/2020.10.27-192937/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Agreement
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20210530024516/https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:%22chamber/hansardr/1996-05-06/0089%22;src1=sm1
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20210517021230/https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2015/10/how-australia-and-britain-tackled-gun-violence.html
  18. https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/port-arthur-massacre-filmmaker-paul-moder-hits-back-at-the-project-over-travesty-of-media-whiplashing/news-story/aabb0a9214b59bd1f18c2d6bd394acd0