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   11   Vietnam Veterans

Mr Watts, having amended, by leave, notice No. 7, private Members’ business, moved—That this House:

(1)    recognises that 18 August is Vietnam Veterans Day;

(2)    notes that:

(a)    prior to 1987, Vietnam Veterans Day was referred to as Long Tan Day;

(b)   2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, a battle that took place on 18 August 1966; and

(c)    at the Battle of Long Tan:

(i)    less than 120 soldiers from Delta Company faced over 2,000 soldiers;

(ii)   18 Australian soldiers lost their lives during battle, with 25 more injured; and

(iii)  over 245 Vietnamese soldiers also lost their lives;

(3)    further notes that:

(a)    approximately 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam; and

(b)   upon their return to Australia, many Vietnam Veterans struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and a disregard from an Australian public unsupportive of the Vietnam War;

(4)    acknowledges:

(a)    the soldiers who fought alongside Australians; 

(b)   the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians that lost their lives during the Vietnam War;

(c)    the sacrifices of the Vietnamese are rarely mentioned in Australia’s collective stories of the Vietnam War; and

(d)   that Vietnam Veterans deserve the respect and recognition of all Australian Society; and

(5)    recognises the:

(a)    bravery and heroism of the soldiers of Delta Company that fought at Long Tan; and

(b)   sacrifices made by Australian and former Republic of Vietnam soldiers that fought alongside each other during the Vietnam War.”

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.