Mr T. SMITH (Kew) (09:58:57) — I rise today to recognise that yesterday was the centenary of the Battle of Amiens. The Battle of Amiens was a coordinated attack by four Canadian divisions, five Australian divisions and 10 British divisions which saw an 11‑kilometre hole punched in the German line — the biggest advance in one day in World War I. Ludendorff described it as the darkest day for the German army. It led to the 100‑day campaign from the end of August through to November which precipitated the end of that terrible conflict, World War I.
It was so significant that King George V knighted John Monash in the field on 12 August. I commemorate today Sir John Monash’s enormous contribution to this country’s safety and security and indeed our freedom here in Victoria and our energy security. John Monash laid in state in this Parliament after he passed away.
It is incumbent upon this Parliament and the national Parliament to recognise that enormous contribution by Australian forces — the only time all five divisions of the Australian Imperial Force fought together on the Western Front, which led to an enormous Allied victory and the end of World War I.