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Wednesday, 12 May 1915

Mr JOSEPH COOK (Parramatta) . - I join cordially with my right honorable friend in seconding his motion of congratulation to our troops on the brave deeds which they have accomplished at the Dardanelles. There is not a healthy-minded Australian who does not walk with a more erect and happier step since the news of their deeds came to hand. That news made our pulses thrill. It verified our belief that our brave boys were worthy to stand alongside the seasoned troops of the Motherland. They have proved their prowess on a very hard-fought field. They have demonstrated - once more that they are boys of the bull-dog breed, and we are all proud of the race from which they have sprung, for there is no indication of decadence in the transplanted breed here in these Southern lands. We are gloriously glad that they have had this opportunity of proving to the Motherland what we owe to her, and of the opportunity given us to repay our obligations. This feeling, however, is mingled with one of sorrow for the relatives of those who have fallen, and yet -

How can man die better

Than facing fearful odds,

For the ashes of his fathers,

And the temples of his gods?

Surely this is a case in which we may feel that our grief is assuaged by the cause for which we are fighting, and surely we may also express the belief that the lives which have been sacrificed on this field of battle have in no sense of the term been wasted. The blood of those brave men mingling with the blood of their fellows from over the seas will fructify the seeds of liberty which will grow and blossom into fruitage in the years to come.

Mr Austin Chapman - Let us give three cheers for our hero soldiers.

Members rose in their places and cheered.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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