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In Parliament


Anzac Day - Members Statements

   Thursday, 10 May 2018

Mr T. SMITH (Kew) (09:57:12) — I rise some two weeks after Anzac Day to pay tribute to my local community on the way that they recognised and reflected on Anzac Day. Kew RSL put on a wonderful parade on the Sunday before Anzac Day that was attended by hundreds of schoolchildren and members of the community, with a service also at Holy Trinity church. I was delighted to be invited to a number of schools in my electorate to recognise Anzac Day: Kew East Primary School, where the principal, Helen Fotheringham, always puts on a wonderful service; Kew High School, whose service was just magnificent, with all school members attending; North Balwyn Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and particularly Belmore School, a special school in my electorate that does wonderful work for children with special needs and that also had an Anzac Day service.

This year we celebrate and recognise and reflect on 100 years since the end of World War I and indeed 100 years since Australians took part in some of the most important battles in World War I. We reflect on Australians’ service at Villers‑Bretonneux on Anzac Day 1918, especially at the battles of Le Hamel, and particularly Amiens in August 1918, which served as probably Australia’s greatest ever battle in World War I. The Germans reflect on that as being the darkest day in the German army, when the Australians, led by Sir John Monash, and the Canadians led the allies for a 10 to 11 kilometre advance, crushing the German army.