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Senator McEwen, at the request of Senators Crossin and Scullion and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1056—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the passing of Major-General Alan Stretton, AO, CBE,

  (ii) the outstanding work and service of Major-General Stretton, as head of the National Disaster Organisation, in coordinating the recovery of Darwin after Tropical Cyclone Tracy, which devastated the city on Christmas Day of 1974, as a remarkable achievement which averted much suffering,

  (iii) the admiration in which Major-General Stretton was held by the Australian community and that he was awarded Australian of the Year, an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire as well as many other honours, and New South Wales `Father of the Year', and

  (iv) Major-General Stretton's distinguished military career over 38 years, including active service in World War II, Korea, Malaya and Vietnam;

 (b) recognises his contribution to the Australian community and, in particular, to the people of Darwin and the Northern Territory; and

 (c) extends its sincere condolences to his family, particularly his children Virginia, April and Greg, and friends and colleagues of Major-General Stretton.

Question put and passed.