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Mr Howard (Prime Minister) moved—That this House:

(1) expresses its horror at the terrorist attacks which have claimed so many lives in the United States of America;

(2) conveys to the Government and people of the United States of America the deepest sympathy and sense of shared loss felt by the Government and people of Australia;

(3) extends condolences to the families and other loved ones of those Australians killed or missing as a result of the attacks;

(4) declares that such attacks represent an assault, not only on the people and the values of the United States of America, but of free societies everywhere;

(5) praises the courageous efforts of those engaged in the dangerous rescue operation still underway;

(6) believes that the terrorist actions in New York City and Washington DC constitute an attack upon the United States of America within the meaning of Articles IV and V of the ANZUS Treaty;

(7) fully endorses the commitment of the Australian Government to support within Australia's capabilities United States-led action against those responsible for these tragic attacks; and

(8) encourages all Australians in the wake of these appalling events to display those very qualities of tolerance and inclusion which the terrorists themselves have assaulted with such awful consequences.

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition) seconded the motion and Mr Anderson (Leader of the National Party) addressed the House in support.

Debate continued.

All Members present having stood for one minute's silence—