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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5524

Senator KROGER (VictoriaChief Opposition Whip in the Senate) (11:54): At the request of Senators Ronaldson and Johnston, I move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   commemorates the 50th anniversary, in 2012, of the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in South Vietnam, beginning Australia's decade-long commitment to the Vietnam War;

   (b)   commemorates the 46th anniversary, on 18 August 2012, of the Battle of Long Tan, in which 18 Australian soldiers were killed and 24 were wounded in action;

   (c)   pays tribute to the 521 Australians killed in action in the Vietnam War and the thousands of veterans who returned home to the care of their families;

   (d)   acknowledges that many Vietnam War service personnel were very poorly treated by certain sections of the Australian community on their return, and that this treatment was unjust and, in many cases, affected their ability to resume life after wartime service; and

   (e)   welcomes the arrival in Australia of the Long Tan Cross, which will be displayed at the Australian War Memorial until April 2013.

Question agreed to.