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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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Friday, 8 August 2014
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TURKEY GIFTS 60 DOUBLE PASSES TO AUSTRALIANS FOR GALLIPOLI 2015

A further 60 double passes to Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015 will be released to Australians on the waitlist thanks to the generosity of Turkey, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Senator Ronaldson said the Turkish Government had handed back 150 of the 250 places originally reserved for its official guests, providing additional places at the commemorations for Australians and New Zealanders.

"I want to acknowledge the very generous offer by the Turkish Government to limit the size of their official party to enable more Australians and New Zealanders to attend these very special commemorations. Turkey very graciously allows us to conduct these ceremonies in Turkey and we are grateful for this further gesture of goodwill."

"From today, a further 75 double passes will be released to Australians and New Zealanders on waitlists: 15 will go to New Zealanders and 60 to Australians. Australian passes will be offered to the next 60 Australians on the waitlist," he said.

Senator Ronaldson said the 60 double passes now available to those listed on the waitlist are in addition to the more than 140 double passes offered to Australians recently, following the activation of the waitlist in late June.

"I encourage Australians who were successful in the ballot to accept or decline their place as soon as possible. There are many people on the waitlist eager to attend the commemorations, and it is important to give those people as much time as possible to organise and pay for their trip," he said.

The waitlist will operate until 31 March 2015. Further draws of the waitlist are expected in the coming months as those who were initially offered a place in the ballot accept or decline their passes. Final acceptances are due by 11:59 pm AEDT, Saturday 25 October 2014.

Senator Ronaldson said that the Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and the Government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate.

"Those without tickets for Anzac Day 2015 may consider visiting Gallipoli on 6 August 2015 for the Battle of Lone Pine Centenary commemoration service. The Battle at Lone Pine saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Gallipoli campaign," he said.

"Australians may also consider attending another Dawn Service in Australia or overseas or watch the television broadcast of the Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux services on the ABC. Another option is to visit Gallipoli at another time during the Centenary year."

For more information on Gallipoli 2015 visit www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au or the Anzac Centenary visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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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