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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, 13 August 2014
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THE RED CROSS – 100 YEARS OF PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today paid tribute to the Australian Red Cross on its 100th anniversary, acknowledging the outstanding contribution, support and dedication it has provided to Australians, particularly in time of war.

"The Australian Red Cross was founded out of the humanitarian needs of war, days after the commencement of the First World War, and today we recognise an important milestone in their history,” Senator Ronaldson said.

"The Australian Red Cross and its volunteers have demonstrated an enduring and dedicated commitment to working with those in need.”

The contribution that the Australian Red Cross made on the home front during the war extended beyond caring for returned soldiers, providing emotional support to families with loved ones at war.  This saw the Red Cross establish a Wounded and Missing Persons Information Bureau in each state. By the end of the First World War the Australian Red Cross was handling 36,000 cases, discovering the fate of missing and wounded soldiers.

Senator Ronaldson said that it is important to also understand that the war not only affected those abroad but those on the homefront as well. 

"Today we remember those volunteers who gave their time during the First World War and since, working tirelessly to support our servicemen and women and their families.”

As the Australian Red Cross moves into its centenary year, it will host a number of planned community events across the country to honour and pay tribute to those Red Cross volunteers and the importance of people helping people.

The Australian Red Cross ‘Our Centenary’ website http://centenary.redcross.org.au/ has stories about the extraordinary generosity and compassion of everyday Australians.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 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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