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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, 26 September 2014


Australians offered a place in the ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 have four weeks left to accept or decline their place at next year’s centenary Dawn Service.

The deadline to confirm attendance at the commemorations is 11:59 pm AEDT Saturday, 25 October 2014. Travel booking details must also be provided by this time.

People can accept or decline their place 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 many people 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.  When an attendance pass is returned it is re-issued to the next person on the waitlist.

More than 230 places have already been released to the wait list and further releases are expected as those who were initially offered a place in the ballot decline their 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: Robert Hardie 6277 7820 or 0418 432 909                                                        
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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