Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, before proceeding with the order of business, I am sure that hon. members would wish to join in the commemoration of a day that means a great deal to the sister dominions of Australia and New Zealand. As everyone is aware, this is Anzac day, which not only commemorates the landing in Gallipoli, but also is celebrated in every part of Australia and New Zealand as a day of commemoration of the services given by their people to the cause of freedom in two world wars.
It was thirty-five years ago this morning that the troops of Australia and New Zealand landed on the beaches at Gallipoli, which they held for many months in one of the most trying and tragic battles of the first world war. I have risen simply to express my own respect for the traditions which they keep alive so carefully, and to convey to all our friends in Australia and New Zealand, and particularly those who have come to this country to live, our feeling of admiration of the gallant efforts of their men and women in a common service in which our own men and women bore their full share.
For us, too, this is one of those memorable days which stand out on the pages of history as evidence of the extent to which people are prepared to sacrifice everything for the preservation of their own freedom.
Subtopic: COMMEMORATION OF SERVICES OF PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN TWO WORLD WARS