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(generated from captions) I'm joined now by Warren Snowdon, And from Canberra, and Personnel. the Minister for Defence, Science Good morning, Minister. HMAS 'Sydney'? Will the government raise

No. We need to talk to the German

Government but as far as we are

concerned, the 'Sydney' will stay

concerned, the 'Sydney' will stay

where it is. How will the site be

protected? We have

protected? We have got the ship

wrecks act in which we make a

declaration today which will be the

responsibility of Peter Gareth and

if people do things which responsibility of Peter Gareth and

if people do things which are

protection inappropriate, don't accept the

protection where provided, they will

be subject to large fines or be subject to large fines or up to

five years jail.

five years jail. So it's very

important we protect these sites in important we protect these sites in

our national interest and to respect

those brave men, those 645

those brave men, those 645 sailors, those brave men, those 645 sailors,

645 were M, we

protect their final 645 were M, we protect them. We

protect their final resting place

and provide an opportunity for all

of us to remember the role they played in defending played in defending Australia. What

has been done to contact the

relatives of those who died. The of relatives of those who died. The

department of defence will be

endeavouring to contact all the

relatives we have information about.

I would be urging people to come I would be urging people

forward if they are relatives of

forward if they are relatives of

these poor souls, that they contact

talk to the the department of defence. I will the department these poor souls, that they contact

talk to the department today

talk to the department today about

how we might expedite that process.

A most significant day, minister