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HMAS SYDNEY

Senator Panizza, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a

formal motion, moved--That the Senate--

(a) support any move to locate the sunken vessel HMAS Sydney;

(b) accept that, regardless of the outcome, surviving family members

of those who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney are owed the

consideration of a full-scale public search for the vessel;

(c) support:

(i) public efforts to raise money to assist in locating the

wreck,

(ii) the funding and co-ordination of a suitable

commemorative service for those who lost their lives on

HMAS Sydney, should the vessel be located, and

(iii) the erection of a suitable memorial in Canberra to

commemorate the loss of HMAS Sydney in accordance with

the wishes of surviving family members;

(d) introduce a bill for an Act of Parliament to protect the wreck

from being dived upon other than for purposes of official

identification and which provides substantial penalties for

transgressions of the Act; and

(e) ask the British Government to consider lifting the 70-year

moratorium on releasing its war file on the sinking of the HMAS

Sydney so that the relatives of the 645 sailors who lost their

lives in that fatality may finally know the full facts and the

circumstances of the sinking.

Statements by leave: Senator Panizza and the Minister for Defence

(Senator Ray), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.