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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Page: 1945


The following notices were given:

Mrs Griggs to move:

That this House:

(1) joins with the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Defence Minister in acknowledging the service of the more than 30,000 Defence Force personnel deployed in the Middle East since October 2001;

(2) supports the sentiment of appreciation outlined in the Prime Minister’s speech at the welcome home parade for more than 250 Darwin-based soldiers marking the end of their deployment to Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, during 2013;

(3) acknowledges the enormous sacrifice of Australia’s decade long mission in Afghanistan—the nation’s longest military operation—during which 40 soldiers lost their lives and more than 260 personnel were injured;

(4) pays tribute to these personnel through its support for the national day of commemoration to be held on 21 March 2015 to recognise the contribution and sacrifice of Australian troops who served in Afghanistan and the Middle East; and

(5) wishes the citizens of Afghanistan every success and a commitment of ongoing support as they strive to solidify their fledgling democracy now and into the future.