Senate debates

Thursday, 14 May 2020


Korean War: 70th Anniversary

12:17 pm

Photo of Dean SmithDean Smith (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Askew, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 25 June 1950 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War;

(b) acknowledges:

  (i) the 70th anniversary of the Korean War is a significant milestone for the 225 surviving Korean War veterans in Western Australia, the 34 brave Western Australians who perished in the Korean War, and the 1,500 Western Australians who are since deceased, and

  (ii) the work of the Korean War Veterans Association for improving Western Australian's knowledge and understanding of the 'Forgotten War' under the stewardship of President Jinkil Lee;

(c) notes that:

  (i) 24 April 2021 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong, and

  (ii) the Battle of Kapyong is known as one of the most significant and important battles for the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR); and

(d) acknowledges that the Battle of Kapyong was a decisive conflict in the Korean War, and that it is important to recognise the sacrifice of Australian soldiers, with 32 killed, 59 wounded and three imprisoned.

Question agreed to.