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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, 22 April 2015


The National Australia Bank (NAB) has made its first donation of $2 million to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund. This is in addition to the bank’s existing support, via its Australia-wide network of branches, which are accepting public donations to the Fund.

“I thank NAB for its considerable contribution, which is worth $10 million over five years, and for its ongoing commitment to the Anzac Centenary,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“NAB’s investment in the Anzac Centenary Public Fund is an example of its strong community focus. It will ensure the wider Australian community has more opportunities to learn about, and understand, the importance of the Anzac legacy, and the role it has played in shaping Australia’s identity.”

The Minister said NAB’s generous contribution would provide additional funding for state and territory community education and research, commemorations, and arts and culture projects, in line with Government priorities.

NAB Chairman Michael Chaney said “National Australia Bank has a proud history of supporting the community for more than 150 years and in commemorating the ANZAC Centenary, we recognise the sacrifices of Australian service men and women over the past 100 years—and we continue to offer our support to them.

“More than 500 NAB, then called National Bank of Australasia, employees were enlisted in Australia's First World War effort, close to half of the total number employed by the Bank at the time. We welcomed returning officers home and back in to our organisation, but we will always remember the 90 who were killed in action or died of wounds, and did not return.”

For more information about the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, please visit the Anzac Centenary website

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
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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