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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 5893

Senator HUTCHINS (New South Wales) (3.56 p.m.)—as amended, by leave—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes on this Remembrance Day that 2002 is the centenary year of the conclusion of the Anglo-Boer War, which lasted from 1899 to 1902;

(b) remembers:

(i) the 16 000 Australians who served in the Anglo-Boer War as soldiers of the colonies of Australia and, after 1901, as soldiers of the newly federated Commonwealth of Australia, as well as the 8 000-odd Australians who served with irregular South African units like Thorneycroft's and Bethune's Mounted Infantry,

(ii) the 518 young Australians who lost their lives serving their country during the war, and

(iii) remembers the Boer women and children who died during internment in British camps;

(c) notes that the Anglo-Boer War was the first war:

(i) that the Australian Army participated in as a unitary force, fighting under the badge of the Rising Sun, and

(ii) in which Australian nurses and doctors served as members of the Australian Army Medical Corps; and

(d) recognises the importance of the Anglo-Boer War in the development of Australian culture, nationhood and the legend of the ANZAC.

Question agreed to.