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HISTORICAL EVENTS—REMEMBRANCE DAY

Senator Wright, also on behalf of Senators Feeney and Ronaldson, amended general business notice of motion no. 551 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 11 November is Remembrance Day, which commemorates the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, and

  (ii) on Remembrance Day we remember those members of Commonwealth armed forces who died in the line of duty in World War I;

 (b) recognises:

  (i) the sacrifice of Australians who have died serving our country,

  (ii) that death is not the only human toll of war,

  (iii) that veterans suffer from mental health effects directly related to their experiences serving in conflict zones, including suicide, and

  (iv) the mental health effects of conflict reach beyond veterans to their families, who are also affected; and

 (c) calls on the Government to:

  (i) ensure funding for mental health services for veterans and their families,

  (ii) encourage the armed services to promote and support good mental health practices,

  (iii) encourage speaking out about suicide and to make suicide prevention a priority, including within the armed forces, and

  (iv) encourage a culture of openness and understanding about mental health in the Australian military.

Question put and passed.