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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 564


Senator MacGIBBON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the Anzacs who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 were instrumental in forging a new identity for Australia, and

    (ii)although the landing was a lifetime ago, the deeds of those Anzacs still speak a message of selfless service and sacrifice that will last forever;

  (b)recognises that Anzac Day is a day:

    (i)to remember those who left their homes with a strong desire to return but did not, as well as those who did return but carried with them for the remainder of their lives the scars of their experiences, and

    (ii)to contemplate the spirit that moves men and women to serve, to suffer discomforts, dangers and fears and to risk their lives in defence of their country and in the pursuit of peace, justice and freedom;

  (c)salutes on Anzac Day the spirit of the Anzacs and, in paying tribute to them, calls on Australians to dedicate themselves to striving for their country as the Anzacs did and to upholding the finest qualities of courage, commitment, endurance and mateship; and

  (d)is of the view that the Australian Government should declare Anzac Day as Australia's national day of commemoration to commemorate all those men and women who have served in the Defence Forces of Australia and that this day be 25 April in each year, and on no other day.