Senator Dean Smith – sought to add to an ongoing motion that Australia acknowledge the importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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February 11, 2020

That the Senate … acknowledges the importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in honouring the memory of all Holocaust victims, and the ongoing efforts of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance to advance and promote Holocaust education to ensure the history and stories of its victims are passed on to successive generations.

Full speech

Senator DEAN SMITH (Western AustraliaGovernment Whip in the Senate) (15:43): Before moving general business notice of motion No. 413, I ask that the names of Senators Chandler, Hughes, Kitching, O’Neill and Wong be added to the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senators Griff, Ciccone, Chandler, Hughes, Kitching, O’Neill and Wong, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 27 January 2020 marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day where we remember the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime and its collaborators, and reaffirm our promise to ‘never forget’ the 6 million Jews and 11 million others who were exterminated during the Holocaust;

(b) acknowledges the importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in honouring the memory of all Holocaust victims, and the ongoing efforts of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance to advance and promote Holocaust education to ensure the history and stories of its victims are passed on to successive generations;

(c) notes that Australia officially became the 33rd member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance at the Mondorf-les-Bains Plenary meeting on 4 June 2019;

(d) notes this year’s annual observance also marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest and most notorious concentration camp operated by the Nazi regime, located approximately 60 km west of Krakow, Poland;

(e) further acknowledges that more than 1.1 million people were killed at the Auschwitz complex alone, including nearly 1 million Jews, and that on the day of liberation only 7,000 people were saved; and

(f) further notes that during the 1940s, tens of thousands of European Jews emigrated to Australia, and that Australia has the largest per-capita Holocaust survivor population outside Israel.

Question agreed to.

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