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Tuesday, 7 March 2000
Page: 14019


Mr SPEAKER —I acknowledge in the galleries today the presence of servicemen, servicewomen, police and civilians who have served Australia with great distinction in East Timor.

Honourable membersHear, hear!


Mr SPEAKER —On the floor of the chamber we have the commander of the International Force for East Timor, INTERFET, Major General Peter Cosgrove. I know the House joins me in welcoming you, sir, on your return to Australia. Major General Cosgrove is accompanied by the Chief and Vice Chief of the Defence Force and by the chiefs of the Navy, Army and Air Force.

In the galleries we also welcome representative troops returning from INTERFET service, as well as representatives from the Australian Federal Police and government and non-government agencies. General Cosgrove, ladies and gentlemen: you have served your country with honour and distinction, and your colleagues who remain with the United Nations Transitional Administration for East Timor continue to do so. The nation is proud of your achievements and, on behalf of the House, I welcome you all.

Honourable membersHear, hear!