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Tuesday, 7 March 2000
Page: 12247


The PRESIDENT —I draw the attention of honourable senators to the presence on the floor of the chamber and in the galleries of the Senate of servicemen and servicewomen, police and civilians who have served Australia with great distinction in East Timor. I am sure honourable senators welcome the commander of the international force in East Timor, Major General Peter Cosgrove, and with him are the Chief and Vice Chief of the Defence Force and the Chiefs of the Navy, Army and Air Force. In the galleries are troops who have returned from INTERFET service, as well as officers of the Australian Federal Police and representatives of government and non-government agencies who served in East Timor. I am sure that honourable senators will join with me in congratulating General Cosgrove and all of those who served in East Timor. To them I say that you have served your country with honour and distinction. Your colleagues who remain with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor continue to serve with honour and distinction. Australia is immensely proud of your achievement and grateful that you have returned safely. On behalf of honourable senators, I welcome you all to the Senate.

Honourable senators—Hear, hear!