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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, 15 October 2014


There are just 10 days left for Australians offered a place in the ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 to accept the chance of a lifetime and provide travel details for next year’s Centenary Dawn Service.

The deadline to confirm attendance at the commemorations is 11:59 pm (AEDT) Saturday, 25 October 2014.  But it is not enough to just accept your place, you must also provide your travel bookings details by this time.

People can accept or decline their place and provide travel details by logging into their ballot account via or, if they have forgotten their account details, calling Ticketek on 1300 364 002.

Australians are encouraged to accept or decline their place as soon as possible. There are almost 38,000 on the wait list 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. 

Those who do not accept their place and provide the required details by the deadline will lose their place and not be able to attend the commemorations.  These passes will be automatically reissued to the next people on the wait list in the category in which they were originally offered.

A further 223 double passes were released to the wait list last week bringing the total number of wait list releases to 455 double passes. The wait list will operate until 31 March 2015. 

Those without tickets 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.

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

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
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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