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Statement to 2RAR on departure for Iraq.



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MEDIA RELEASE

STATEMENT TO 2RAR ON DEPARTURE FOR IRAQ

Friday, 26 May 2006

“The Australian Defence Force continues to deliver a World class operational performance whether it be in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sinai, the Solomons or now Timor Leste,” Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, said today. “All Australians have a vital national interest in the promotion and maintenance of stability in our world,” Mr Lindsay said. “AMTG3 will provide further assistance to the government and people

of Iraq, fully respectful of that country’s sovereignty and in the spirit of offering a helping hand in a time of need,” he said. “This deployment also reflects that Australia—a large, stable and prosperous country—has a special responsibility to act

as a force for peace and order. “I know that I speak on behalf of all members when I say that you undertake this mission with our admiration, our hopes and our prayers for your safe return.”