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The Speaker informed the House that he had received the following resolution passed by the Michigan State Senate on 3 April 2003 expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister and the service men and women of Australia for their action during the operations in Iraq—

"WHEREAS, Preserving liberty in a troubled world always demands great vigilance by freedom-loving nations. We must recognize the debt we owe our Australian allies for their steadfast support and their equal commitment to freeing the Iraqi people from their cruel dictator and helping to fight oppression around the world; and

WHEREAS, In the weeks and months that lie before us, there is no telling what challenges and dangers lie ahead for coalition forces. We can, however, promise that the people of Michigan stand ready to express our support and gratitude for the courageous efforts of Australian forces; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That we express our gratitude and support for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and the armed forces of Australia as they stand with us to help advance efforts to defeat the regime of Saddam Hussein and remove threats to peace and liberty; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Office of Prime Minister John Howard, the Australian Parliament, and the Office of the President of the United States.

Adopted by the Michigan Senate, April 3, 2003.".