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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, 26 June 2014


Australians on the Gallipoli 2015 Dawn Service ticket waitlist will find out shortly if they have been given a second chance to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015, with the first round of the waitlist to be drawn.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced in Parliament today that, as of 25 June 2014, 102 double passes were available to reissue to individuals on the Gallipoli ballot waitlist.

Senator Ronaldson announced that these 102 passes would be allocated to:

  • 20 double passes in the direct descendant category (with preference to the first generation - sons and daughters of Gallipoli veterans)
  • 22 double passes in the veterans category
  • 60 double passes in the general category.

Passes that were originally offered in the direct descendant or veteran category will be reissued to the next individual on the waitlist within the specific category.  Those passes reissued from the general category will be offered to the next person on the waitlist, whether they are general public, a direct descendant or a veteran.

Those who are successfully drawn from the waitlist will be contacted by mid-July 2014 regarding the offer of passes. An update to the waitlist on the Gallipoli 2015 website will follow.

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 must accept or decline their passes by 25 October 2014.

Senator Ronaldson also provided an update on the number of widows of First World War veterans, travelling to Gallipoli in 2015 as official guests of the Australian Government.

“Fifteen widows of Australian First World War veterans have responded to my letter seeking their expression of interest in travelling to Gallipoli next year. We are working with these individuals and their carers to ensure their fitness for international travel in 2015,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Senator Ronaldson stressed that only those who receive attendance passes in the ballot can gain access to official Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 and it will not be possible to sell, reproduce or transfer tickets.

“I have been assured in writing by eBay that it would take steps to prevent listings for ballot tickets to appear on its website, to ensure the integrity of the Anzac Day commemorations are upheld,” he said.

“All tickets will be individually named and checked against passports and identification at the entry to the Anzac Commemorative Site.”

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. Over four days, Australia suffered more than 2,000 casualties and seven Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross,” 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 or the Anzac Centenary visit

Editor’s note – the ballot cascade system is provided below.

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

Ballot System Cascade

The ballot operated in four cascades (omitting widows of Australian First World veterans and 400 places for secondary school students and their chaperones to be distributed outside the ballot.)

Cascade Inclusion in ballot Outcome Unsuccessful applicants
1st Applicants who have indicated “Direct Descendent” with preference to first generation – sons and daughters 400 double passes (800 passes) Those who have also indicated “Veteran” go to 2nd cascade.  Those who haven’t go to 3rd cascade
2nd Applicants who have indicated “Veteran” 400 double passes (800 passes) Go to 3rd cascade
3rd Applicants who haven’t indicated either “Direct Descendent” or “Veteran” (i.e. the Australian public), plus unsuccessful applicants from 1st & 2nd cascades 3,000 double passes
(6,000 passes)
Those who have indicated willingness to be placed on a wait list go to 4th cascade.  Those who haven’t are out of the ballot
4th Applicants who have indicated willingness to be placed on a wait list Establish a priority order for allocating passes as they become available Waitlist operating until 31 March 2015


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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