Mr Melhem (Western Metropolitan): I rise today to remember the life and contribution of Vic Dey. Vic was a decorated army veteran who served his country from 1948 to 1953. In the Korean War Vic served in the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment on a 12-month tour of duty. Upon his posting to Korea, Vic joined 1st platoon until he was transferred back to Japan and subsequently Melbourne in April 1954.

After his service Vic returned to Australia, where he became highly prominent in the veteran community. In 1994, after years of involvement in different veterans groups, Vic became national president of the Korean Veterans Association of Australia, a position he held until his recent passing. In 2001 Vic received the Australia Day Award for valued contribution to the local community. On Australia Day 2002 Vic was awarded the Order of Australia for services to veterans through the Korean Veterans Association of Australia. Vic’s sacrifice for his countrymen, both on the battlefield and back at home, is unparalleled. Even in his later years Vic continued to engage heavily in veterans affairs. In 2016 he became vice-president of the Melbourne Korean War Memorial Committee.

Unfortunately Vic missed out on the turning of the sod of the Korean War memorial, which was held yesterday in Maribyrnong. You were also present there, President. Unfortunately Vic was not there to witness the fruits of his labour, but finally Melbourne will recognise its Korean War veterans. Construction will commence on the memorial shortly. Hopefully it will be ready in March next year.

Vic is remembered by his wife, Edna, their four children, 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Vic’s outstanding legacy will live on through his selfless deeds and the lives he impacted.

28 November 2017