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Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Page: 5838


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:43): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government acknowledges all current and former members of our defence forces and their families for the service and sacrifice they make on behalf of Australia. This Vietnam Veterans Day, we call on all Australians to reflect on the service of all our veterans who served in this conflict: the 60,000 ground troops and Air Force and Navy personnel, the 521 who died as a result of the war, and the more than 3,000 who were wounded. As Minister Tehan said in the first ministerial statement on veterans and their families:

As a parliament it is our duty to watch over the care we provide our veterans, to ensure these men and women are provided for and that future generations understand their sacrifice.

Question agreed to.