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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, 31 October 2014


In the lead up to Remembrance Day on Tuesday 11 November, I encourage all Australians to purchase and wear a red poppy, in support of the Returned and Services League’s (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal.

Buying a poppy contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL. The money raised helps provide financial and medical assistance, advocacy and support services to current and former serving members of the defence force and their families.

Wearing a red poppy acknowledges the service and sacrifice of those who have served, including the more than 102,000 Australians who lost their lives in war, peacekeeping and other operations.

Red poppies have long been a symbol of Remembrance Day, the red Flanders poppy was one of the first plants to grow on the battlefields of the Western Front.

The poppy sellers you see in your local community are volunteers, many of them veterans or current serving members, who give up their time each year for this great cause and strongly contribute to the success of the Appeal. In light of this, I urge all Australians to consider volunteering as Appeals Collectors for the Appeal.

I commend the RSL for the work they do and thank all those who have supported the Appeal in the past.

For more information on the Appeal and the RSL, or to volunteer or donate, please contact your local RSL. The RSL National Office can be contacted on 02 6248 7199.  

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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