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Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Page: 1018

Debate resumed from 21 February, on motion by Ms Gillard:

That the House:

(1)   acknowledge with great sadness the devastation occasioned by this summer’s natural disasters including unprecedented floods, Cyclone Yasi and bushfires;

(2)   extend its deepest sympathies to the families of those who have lost loved ones;

(3)   record its profound regret at the impact of this summer’s natural disasters on the economic and social well being of affected communities;

(4)   record its admiration for the courage shown by so many in the face of these disasters;

(5)   acknowledge the enormous effort of defence personnel, emergency workers, and so many volunteers in responding to these disasters; and

(6)   pledge the full support of the Australian Parliament and community to assist affected areas to recover and rebuild.