Wednesday, 13 March 2013
At the request of Senator Bushby and Senator Polley, I move:
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 agreed to.