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Thursday, 13 May 1915

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - I also desire to say a word in support of the motion. It seems to me that the least that those of us who remain behind can do is to give that meed of praise to the men who have gone to the front which is unquestionably their due. Every man and woman in Australia must be proud of the achievements of our troops at the front. Our appreciation and sympathy may to some extent serve to console those who have suffered bereavement and loss. There are probably very few homes in Australia that have not to-day some representative at the front, or on the way there, and I am confident that before the war is over there will be still fewer homes in Australia that will not be in that position. It is right that the Parliament of Australia should express its appreciation of the actions of those who have gone, and should, as far as possible, encourage others who may desire to go to the front. We have no doubt that the heroic conduct of our troops at the Dardanelleswill stimulate those who have hitherto failed to recognise their duty to their country, to come forward and fill the gaps which unfortunately are being made in the ranks of our sons and brothers at the front. On behalf of this great Commonwealth I desire to add a word of thankfulness for the splendid tribute which has been paid to our soldiers by their Commander-in-Chief, Sir Ian Hamilton, who has not only had the opportunity of seeing them in Australia in time of peace, but who now has the privilegeof leading them in time of war. He has assured us that they have done well. Before they left our shores we knew that they would do well, and we are proud to recognise the soldierly qualities which they exhibited in the strenuous action at the Dardanelles. At the same time our deepest sympathies go out to those in our midst who have suffered bereavement as the result of the war.

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