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17    Historical Events—West Gate Bridge Collapse—45th Anniversary

Senator Carr, also on behalf of Senator Marshall, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 897—That the Senate—

    (a)   respectfully commemorates the 45th anniversary of the collapse of the West Gate Bridge which occurred at 11.50 am on 15 October 1970;

    (b)   acknowledges the sacrifice of the 35 workers who lost their lives in Australia’s worst ever industrial accident;

     (c)   celebrates the heroic actions of the many people who risked their own lives to assist the rescue efforts and help the injured and other survivors on that day;

    (d)   extends its sympathy to the families of those affected by the tragedy;

     (e)   recognises the sacrifice of the many workers who have been injured or killed in workplace accidents before and since the collapse of the bridge on that day; and

     (f)   praises the efforts of those within the union movement and others who toil to ensure that workers are able to return home safely to their loved ones at the end of each working day.

Question put and passed.