Thursday, 18 October 2018
Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018; Second Reading
In the few moments that I have, I also rise to support the Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018, the bill before us, which has bipartisan support. When we host major events in Australia, people do want to know that they're safe, and they want to know that the very best people are working together for that.
I am from a very proud defence town. Bendigo and all of our small towns around us—I better not call Woodend or Kyneton small towns—are proud defence towns in the area. We have that long history dating back to the First World War, and still today many defence families choose Bendigo and central Victoria as their home. Many of them are involved in different sections of our Defence Force. When you meet with them and talk with them—