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Thursday, 18 August 2011
Page: 8589

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (14:01): I support the remarks of the Prime Minister in marking the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. We should, as the Prime Minister says, remember the extraordinary efforts of Delta Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. We should remember the sacrifices of that company then and the suffering of some of the ex-members of that company since. We should also remember on this day the importance of standing by our allies and the need for effective armed forces in an uncertain world. Above all else, we should remember that there is no finer calling than to serve one's country in the armed forces of Australia.