Battle of Long Tan commemoration

MR McCURDY (Ovens Valley) - I wish to acknowledge the Vietnam veterans throughout Victoria with the Battle of Long Tan commemorated two weeks ago. I attended a commemoration in Vung Tau, Vietnam, and met with many Vietnam veterans to demonstrate the high regard that the coalition and I have for our returned veterans. They were poorly treated upon their return to Australia, and a lack of recognition led them to feel years of anxiety. I am pleased to say that this is changing. Rod Harlor and Glenn Nolen worked tirelessly to ensure that the commemoration was a success, even though the Vietnamese government made circumstances difficult for the Australians who travelled to Long Tan. Thanks to the Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Karen Lanyon, who ensured that a wreath was laid on behalf of the coalition.

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