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HISTORICAL EVENTS—2/40TH BATTALION

Senator Kroger, at the request of Senators Bushby and Polley and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1169—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that, on 23 February 2013, a stone memorial to those 919 members of the 2/40th Battalion who served their country in Timor and South East Asia was unveiled in Hobart's Domain, exactly 71 years after the battalion was captured by the Japanese;

 (b) further notes that on the same day in Launceston a memorial garden was dedicated to the 2/40th Battalion;

 (c) observes that this Tasmanian unit lost 271 of its men during battle and subsequent captivity; and

 (d) congratulates the surviving veterans and relatives for their unstinting efforts in bringing these memorials to fruition.

Question put and passed.