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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1011

Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (15:58): I, and also on behalf of Senators McGrath, Smith, Williams and Wong, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 15 February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore;

(b) acknowledges the significant contribution made by Australian forces in the defence of Singapore and in the Malaya Campaign, particularly:

   (i) the Australian 8th Division's efforts at the Battle of Muar, which saw a successful ambush of Japanese forces,

   (ii) the Australian forces who saw the first and fiercest attacks of the Battle of Singapore, and

   (iii) the 1 800 Australians who died during the Malayan Campaign and the Battle for Singapore;

(c) notes that the fall of Singapore saw over 15 000 Australians become prisoners of war and that many of these prisoners would die in captivity; and

(d) acknowledges that for many Australians, their experience as prisoners of war during the Second World War impacted thousands of families.

Question agreed to.