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HISTORICAL EVENTS—BOMBING OF DARWIN

Senator Kroger, at the request of Senator Scullion and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 496—That the Senate—

 (a) acknowledges 19 February 1942 as the day Darwin was bombed and marks the first time Australia was militarily attacked by enemy forces;

 (b) reflects on the significant loss of life of Australian defence personnel and civilians during the attacks and casualties of the bombings;

 (c) recognises that the attack remained a secret for many years and that, even today, many Australians are unaware of the bombing of Darwin and the significant damage and loss of life which resulted; and


 (d) calls for 19 February each year to be gazetted as `Bombing of Darwin Day' and be named a day of national significance by the Governor-General.

Question put and passed.