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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3982 ..

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Members, before we go to the next phase, before Mrs Dunne could contemplate putting her amendment, we need to vote on the amendment. If Ms Burch’s amendment is unsuccessful, then Mrs Dunne can move her amendment.

MRS DUNNE: I understand that. That is why I foreshadowed it.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: If Ms Burch’s amendment is successful, your amendment cannot go forward.

MRS DUNNE: I understand that.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (9.32): Mr Assistant Speaker, thank you. It is with great regret that I rise tonight to discuss the death of another Australian soldier in Afghanistan. This is now the 21st soldier who has died in Afghanistan, and since June there have been 10 deaths. Indeed, over the last few weeks it seems increasingly that it is a more hazardous area of operations.

The soldier who died today was Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney. Jared was married to his wife, Becky. He has a three-year-old daughter and his wife is pregnant and their child is due shortly. He was going to see his unborn child for the first time five weeks after he returned home.

I will quote from the Chief of the Defence Force’s words:

I want to express to them—

and this is to the family—

how saddened we are for their loss. My highest priority right now is to ensure they are receiving all the support they need. Their loved one was lost in the service of our nation and we will bring him home and lay him to rest with dignity and respect …

His bravery should not be forgotten. His sacrifice has brought great honour to our nation, the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Army, and most especially his family.

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