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Thursday, 18 September 1941

Senator FRASER (Western Australia) . - I do not desire to oppose the motion, for I am rather in agreement with it, but, in my opinion, it is somewhat invidious to select one section of the fighting services for special congratulation to the exclusion of others. Whilst I recognize their wonderful gallantry, the men at Tobruk have been relieved from time to time. Other members of the Australian Imperial Force have been through the Libyan campaign and have also served in Greece and Crete.

Senator Collett - Did not the Prime Minister cover that ground in a statement made recently in the House of Representatives ?

Senator FRASER - I am dealing with the motion now before the Senate, and, whilst I recognize, that the men of Tobruk have been through hell, it seems to be not in the best interests of the fighting services to select those men for special congratulation by this Parliament. I should like a message to be sent to the whole of the fighting services, recognizing their glorious deeds and paying a tribute to them for their gallantry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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