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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, 18 February 2015


Brisbane-based community choir Voices of Birralee were today presented with special uniforms ahead of their upcoming performance in France as part of official Anzac Day Centenary services.

The choristers received their uniforms from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, who congratulated the choir on their appointment for the important services.

 “Voices of Birralee will perform at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the Australian service at the Digger Memorial, Bullecourt, as part of this year’s Anzac Centenary commemorations,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Villers-Bretonneux is a site of great importance in Australia’s history and is the location of the main Anzac Day service in France. Some 2400 Australians became casualties in the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918.

“This is the most significant period of commemoration and to be selected to perform at these important international events is both a tremendous honour and recognition of the choir’s outstanding reputation.

“Voices of Birralee are an internationally renowned choir, having performed at a number of commemorative and national events here in Australia and overseas. I wish them all the best for their upcoming performances in France,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Voices of Birralee’s Artistic Director, Ms Julie Christiansen OAM, said that Voices of Birralee was honoured to be selected to participate in the Anzac Centenary commemorations on the Western Front in 2015.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


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