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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaLeader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State and Vice-President of the Executive Council) (12:02): I, and also on behalf of Senators Wong, Payne, Farrell, Hinch, Griff, Bernardi, Hanson, Burston and Anning, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australian and United States (US) troops first fought together in and won the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in France on 4 July 1918, under the command of Australian General John Monash,

   (ii) the hard fought victory achieved by the combined forces at Hamel helped turn the tide of World War I,

   (iii) Australia has fought together with the US in every major conflict since 1918,

   (iv) more than 100,000 Australian service members have given the ultimate sacrifice alongside fellow servicemen and women from the US,

   (v) Australia and the United States of America officially established bilateral diplomatic relations on 8 January 1940,

   (vi) Australia and the US formalised their security alliance with the signing of the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty, at San Francisco on 1 September 1951 (commonly known as the ANZUS Treaty),

   (vii) the ANZUS Treaty was invoked for the first and only time in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001,

   (viii) Australia and the US share information essential for security and defence through the Five Eyes intelligence alliance,

   (ix) the Force Posture Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America, made on 12 August 2014 in Sydney, enables closer security and defence cooperation between the two allies,

   (x) Australia and the US conduct diverse joint military exercises and training to enhance capabilities throughout the world, and Australia hosts US Marines at bases in the Northern Territory,

   (xi) Australia and the US work closely in a number of international fora, including the Group of Twenty (G20),

   (xii) the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, signed on 18 May 2004 in Washington, came into effect on 1 January 2005,

   (xiii) Australia and the US conduct $68 billion in two way trade and have an investment relationship valued at $1 trillion, and

   (xiv) 4 July 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Hamel and serves as the date on which Australia and the US celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship;

(b) commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, forging the unique and enduring relationship between Australia and the US;

(c) reaffirms the strong military alliance between Australia and the US; and

(d) supports continued diplomatic, security, and economic cooperation between Australia and the US.