From the Desk
I, and also on behalf of Senators McDonald, Stoker, Watt, Scarr and Rennick, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) southern Queensland and northeast New South Wales have experienced devastating fires since last Friday,
(ii) while conditions have eased, the fire situation remains volatile, and
(iii) there are still around 120 fires burning across Queensland and New South Wales;
(b) further notes that the full impact of the fires is still being assessed; and
(c) recognises and applauds the ongoing professionalism and dedication of the career and volunteer emergency personnel fighting these fires.
Political advertising on social and traditional media is being investigated by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters as part of its inquiry into the 2019 federal election.
Fellow Australians, it is my melancholy duty to inform you officially that in consequence of a persistence by Germany in her invasion of Poland, Great Britain has declared war upon her and that, as a result, Australia is also at war. No harder task can fall to the lot of a democratic leader than to make such an announcement. Great Britain and France, with the cooperation of the British Dominions, have struggled to avoid this tragedy. They have, as I firmly believe, been patient. They have kept the door of negotiation open. They have given no cause for aggression. But in the result, their efforts have failed and we are therefore, as a great family of nations, involved in a struggle which we must at all costs win and which we believe in our hearts we will win.
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