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Today is Merchant Navy Day. Today we remember the more than 800 Australian merchant mariners who died serving Australia in the World Wars, as well as all those who have worked and still do work to transport vital goods and supplies to our nation. For an island nation like Australia, our merchant mariners are critical.
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