My speech in parliament on the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Crete - 1 June, 2017


I spoke in parliament on the events I attended that marked the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Crete and Greek campaign of World War II.

I had the honour of attending the Official Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance where we paid our respects to the fallen ANZAC veterans of this very important battle. 

Fought on the island of Crete, this battle is not only an important to the war efforts itself but it was important in cementing the strong bonds between Australia and Greece. 

It showed the shared values of these two nations as well as a comradeship that is seldom seen of two countries that have oceans dividing them.

I also had the absolute pleasure of attending the Official Luncheon at the Pancretan Village in Wantirna South. I say absolute pleasure DS because it was there where I met the last remaining four diggers of this campaign – Norm Maddock; Les Manning; Ian Barker and David Humphreys.