Senate debates

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


2/40 Battalion

3:50 pm

Photo of Helen KrogerHelen Kroger (Victoria, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

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.