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The laws banned rapid-fire guns from civilian ownership except under certain, restricted licences.
It also tightened requirements for firearms licensing, registration and safe storage and established a government buyback of semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns.
More than 650,000 weapons were destroyed. By some estimates, the move almost halved the number of gun-owning households.
‘What came out of the massacre changed Australia as a nation,’ Mr Spaulding said.
A former prison guard has revealed that Martin Bryant (pictured) is the laughing stock of his prison in Hobart
‘Out of a tragic event, something has, for wider Australia, come out of it all.’
The region’s economy took a hit in the years following, with many people choosing not to visit the picturesque peninsula and others not returning.
‘There are still people who admit they’ve never been back there,’ Mr Spaulding said.
‘Certainly working down there, you still get people saying ‘this is the first time we’ve been back’.’
Former Labor Premier Michael Field will deliver words of welcome at Wednesday’s commemoration.
The poem Garden of Peace, written by the late Dr Margaret Scott, will be read by Julia Palmer who was a young girl in 1996 and later worked at the historic site.
Torquil Canning, who designed the garden memorial which was built in 2000 and features a pool of peace, will also speak.
The names of all 35 victims are inscribed there.
‘May we who come to this garden cherish life for the sake of those who died,’ it reads.
‘Cherish compassion for the sake of those who gave aid. Cherish peace for the sake of those in pain.’