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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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Thursday, 13 February 2014


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to posthumously award the Victoria Cross for Australia to the late Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird MG.

“Corporal Baird was a true Australian hero, his actions on 22 June 2013, while serving in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, were truly remarkable. He displayed the highest level of gallantry, making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his comrades,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The actions of Corporal Baird will be forever instilled in Australia’s military history. The Victoria Cross was awarded in recognition of his most conspicuous acts of valour, extreme devotion to duty and ultimate self-sacrifice.”

Corporal Baird will join a small group of gallant Australians who have been bestowed Australia’s highest military honour. The Victoria Cross for Australia has recently been awarded to Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, VC, MG and Corporal Daniel Keighran, VC for their actions in Afghanistan.

“This is a lasting symbol of the Australian Government’s gratitude for Corporal Baird’s brave actions and I hope that his family will accept this great honour on his behalf,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“I know that Corporal Baird’s family are proud of their son’s efforts and that his service has been recognised with this award.”

“Today we also think of Corporal Baird’s mates, the men and women who live today to tell the story of Corporal Baird’s life, his service for his nation and who were privileged to know him.  Today will be a day tinged with both sadness and pride for a mate who made the ultimate sacrifice heroically defending his mates from danger.”

Corporal Baird’s parents will be invested with the award by Her Excellency the
Governor-General of Australia at Government House, Canberra on 18 February 2014.

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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