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19  Defence—Vietnam Veterans Day

Senator Lindgren, also on behalf of Senator Reynolds, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1064—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that Vietnam Veterans Day:

                  (i)   is celebrated on 18 August every year,

                 (ii)   commemorates the service and sacrifice given by almost 60 000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War, including the 521 who were killed and the 3 000 wounded, and

                (iii)   was, until 1987, known as Long Tan Day, which commemorated the service of 108 personnel of D Company 6RAR, who on 18 August 1966, with limited supplies and in torrential rain, successfully fought off 2 000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops near the village of Long Tan;

    (b)   reiterates its sincere appreciation for the service of all veterans of the Vietnam War; and

     (c)   expresses its regret that many veterans of the Vietnam War did not receive appropriate recognition of their service upon their return to Australia.

Question put and passed.