Senate debates

Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Libya: War Graves

4:10 pm

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

I, and also on behalf of my friend and colleague Senator Williams, move:

That the Senate—

(a)   condemns the wanton desecration of 238 Allied and Australian graves at the Benghazi Commonwealth War Cemetery in Libya by radical militants;

(b)   acknowledges that the headstones of 52 Australians were damaged in the attack;

(c)   remembers all Australians who served in north Africa during World War II; and

(d)   calls on the Libyan Government to meet the costs of restoring the cemetery, noting that Australia alone has given more than $44 million in humanitarian aid assistance to Libya since 2011, making Australia the third-largest aid donor to Libya.

Question agreed to.