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      3   60 TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY—MOTION OF THANKS

Mr Howard (Prime Minister) moved—That this House:

(1)    records that the 8th of May 2005 marked 60 years from the surrender of Nazi Germany thus ending the second World War in Europe;

(2)    honours and remembers the thousands of Australians who fought in that war and in particular the over eleven thousand Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses who gave their lives;

(3)    pays tribute to the sacrifices of allied nations in that conflict;

(4)    recalls the magnitude of Nazi crimes against humanity and in particular the Holocaust which claimed the lives of six million Jews and other minorities; and

(5)    records its gratitude for 60 years of relative peace and its ongoing commitment to the universal values of freedom and democracy.

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition) having seconded the motion, and all Members present having risen, in silence—

Question—passed.