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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013
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REMEMBRANCE DAY – POPPY SELLING

Reports today that a Glenroy RSL volunteer has been moved on from their spot at a Melbourne retail outlet because of 'insurance reasons' are deeply disappointing, said Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

"Remembrance Day activities, such as poppy selling, should be allowed to occur without bureaucratic restraint."

Reports also suggest that because of this situation, the profits from the sale of poppies from this location will be halved.

"The selling of poppies around the time of Remembrance Day is a tradition which must be protected. It is also provides an important source of funds which support veterans' and their families."

"My office has contacted the retail outlet concerned and has received assurances that this situation has now been resolved on the side of common sense, and that poppy sellers from the Glenroy RSL will be allowed to sell poppies from inside and outside the outlet. I welcome this sensible resolution," Minister Ronaldson concluded.

Media inquiries: 
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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