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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14852

Ms GAMBARO (1:55 PM) —I rise to give thanks on behalf of the people of the Petrie electorate to the professional dedication of our men and women of the Australian Defence Force in liberating the people of Iraq. One of my constituents, who sent an emailed message of support, has forwarded to me an unexpected and delightful response that was recently sent to her from the HMAS Kanimbla. It reads:

I am writing to thank you for your kind words for the job we have been doing here in the gulf. Knowing that we have the support of the people back home has helped us through these hard times which have taken us away from our family and friends.

We, onboard Kanimbla are very proud of the job that we have done here and feel even more pride when we receive words of encouragement from our beloved nation.

I apologise for the delayed response, but as you can imagine, we have been slightly busy. Please find attached a picture of the ship here in the gulf, it has not always been smooth sailing.

Once again, thank you.

To our ADF we say: `Welcome home and well done! It was no easy task but one in which you demonstrated great valour and honour, and you have done all Australians proud.'