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HISTORICAL EVENTS—FALL OF SINGAPORE—BOMBING OF DARWIN

Senator Ronaldson, also on behalf of Senators Scullion and Bernardi, amended general business notice of motion no. 614 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) commemorates the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942;

 (b) remembers the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942, which marked the beginning of an 18 month campaign of bombings across northern Australia; and

 (c) in commemorating these events of national significance, pays tribute to the thousands of Australian men and women who were taken prisoner of war following Singapore's fall, the 251 civilian and military personnel killed in the bombing raid on Darwin, and the many thousands more who served in the defence of Australia following the first ever enemy attack on our homeland on 19 February 1942.

Question put and passed.