At 11am today there was a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to commemorate those lost in HMAS Sydney (II) 67 years ago.
Amongst the Prime Minister's remarks were these pearlers:
"What finally would the warriors of Sydney say to us today at this the dawn of our pacific century?
I believe they would also say this, be warriors for peace.
I believe they would cry as one, may there be no more wars.
I will believe they would say to our peoples our diplomats and our statesman, let us strain every sinew, not only to preserve the peace, as if war was somehow our natural human condition, but to build together a new habit, a new culture, a new practice of peace for the future."
See the whole catastrophe here.