Senate debates

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


World War II

4:18 pm

Photo of Michael RonaldsonMichael Ronaldson (Victoria, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend the motion standing in my name and Senator Scullion's name relating to the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore and the bombing of Darwin.

Leave granted.

I, and also on behalf of Senators Scullion and Bernardi, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

  (a)   commemorates the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942;

  (b)   remembers the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942, which marked the beginning of an 18 month campaign of bombings across northern Australia; and

  (c)   in commemorating these events of national significance, pays tribute to the thousands of Australian men and women who were taken prisoner of war following Singapore’s fall, the 251 civilian and military personnel killed in the bombing raid on Darwin, and the many thousands more who served in the defence of Australia following the first ever enemy attack on our homeland on 19 February 1942.

Question agreed to.