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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 95

Senator HARRIS (3:44 PM) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

   That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   10 February 2005 is the 41st anniversary of Australia’s greatest defence peacetime tragedy when HMAS Melbourne, an aircraft carrier, collided with HMAS Voyager killing 82 officers and sailors, and

(ii)   Mr Ray Brown, National President of the Injured Service Persons Association (ISPA) and Captain Will Anderson RAAC (Retired), ISPA National Vice President, both severely injured in Australian Defence Force peacetime accidents, are calling on the Government to make an effort in publicly recognising Australian Defence Force deaths during peacetime operations;

(b)   supports and commends those naval establishments who hold small ceremonies on this anniversary;

(c)   recognises the commitment of all Australian Defence Force personnel in carrying out their duties;

(d)   notes the supreme sacrifice of those personnel who have in the exercise of peacetime duty sacrificed their lives in the service of their country; and

(e)   requests that the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (Ms Kelly) lift the public awareness of all future anniversaries by encouraging the Government to formally hold ceremonies throughout Australia to honour all members of the Australian Defence Forces who have freely given their lives in the service of their country in peacetime duties.

I also foreshadow that I will seek leave to have incorporated in Hansard a list of those defence personnel who have tragically lost their lives in peacetime service.