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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Page: 7934


Senator DEAN SMITH (Western AustraliaDeputy Government Whip in the Senate) (16:24): I, and also on behalf of Senators Cormann, Cash, Reynolds, Brockman, Georgiou, Lines, Sterle, Pratt and Dodson, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) this year's Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018, marks the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, which was signed on 11 November 1918 in Compiegne, France,

   (ii) during the First World War, more than 330,000 Australians served overseas, over 60,000 Australians lost their lives, and over 150,000 Australians were wounded, gassed or taken prisoner, and

   (iii) the social impact on a young country, like Australia with a small population, was enormous with almost every family and community having suffered loss of some kind; and

(b) acknowledges:

   (i) the significant role that Western Australia played in the First World War, with Albany the departure point for the first convoy of soldiers to leave Australia, and over 30,000 Western Australians enlisting, and

   (ii) that ten Western Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for acts of bravery in wartime, in World War 1.

Question agreed to.