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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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Thursday, 31 October 2013


Australians planning to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings can apply for the ballot planned to open in mid November, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

“The former Labor government had nominated 1 November as the opening date.  As the responsible Minister, I was not satisfied that the appropriate level of rigorous ballot system testing had been carried out to ensure easy access for those many thousands of Australians who will seek tickets to Gallipoli in the categories, announced by the former Government.” 

Minister Ronaldson said the fair, open and transparent ballot will open soon and close at midnight, 31 January 2014 – allowing plenty of time for interested Australians to apply.

“My first priority was to ensure that the Department was, as far as possible, fully prepared before the ballot opened.”

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Media inquiries: 
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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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