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Monday, 10 September 2012
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Senator CHRIS EVANS (Western AustraliaMinister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (10:05): by leave—I move five motions relating to the deaths of Australian defence personnel in Afghanistan together:

(1)   That the Senate records its deep sorrow at the death, on 29 August 2012, of Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, during operations in Afghanistan, places on record its appreciation of his service to our country, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

(2)   That the Senate records its deep sorrow at the death, on 29 August 2012, of Sapper James Thomas Martin, during operations in Afghanistan, places on record its appreciation of his service to our country, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

(3)   That the Senate records its deep sorrow at the death, on 29 August 2012, of Private Robert Hugh Frederick Poate, during operations in Afghanistan, places on record its appreciation of his service to our country, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

(4)   That the Senate records its deep sorrow at the death, on 30 August 2012, of Lance Corporal Mervyn John McDonald, in a helicopter crash while on combat operations in Afghanistan, places on record its appreciation of his service to our country, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

(5)   That the Senate records its deep sorrow at the death, on 30 August 2012, of Private Nathanael John Aubrey Galagher, in a helicopter crash while on combat operations in Afghanistan, places on record its appreciation of his service to our country, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

This was a terrible two days in Australia's military history, and I know all the Senate sends its support and best wishes to the families of the deceased soldiers and their colleagues.

The PRESIDENT: I ask honourable senators to stand in silence to signify their assent to the motions.

Honourable senators having stood in their places—

Question agreed to.