MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Anzac Day: Clayton electorate – Thursday, 5 May 2011

Posted on 17. May, 2011 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to congratulate the Rotary Club of Monash for organising this year’s schools Anzac service for the youth in the city of Monash. I also wish to congratulate the Rotary club president, Andrea Olsson, and the organising committee member, John Hocking, for their volunteer work in conjunction with Neil Slaughter, the president of the Waverley RSL sub‑branch, and other members who assisted on the day.

This year over 40 schools and 800 students attended the cenotaph located in the Central Reserve in Glen Waverley. The event was supported by the Royal Australian Navy Band, HMVS Cerberus and the Australian catafalque party. Colonel John Coulson, RFD, ED, retired, OAM, made the Anzac address at the service, which the students listened to intently. It was certainly very pleasing to see the students gaining an understanding of our proud history, offering their respects to our fallen servicemen and women and gaining an appreciation of our current armed service personnel stationed around the world.

Colonel Coulson was a member of the army reserve for 35 years, was attached to 5RAR in South Vietnam in 1967 and also served with the British army in 1981. Colonel Coulson is currently a governor of the Shrine of Remembrance, the chairman of the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council and a member of various regimental associations.

The SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.


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