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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, 25 March 2015


The contributions of both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra towards the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition have been acknowledged by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.

“One of the most important legacies that can come from the Anzac Centenary national programme is to improve community understanding and awareness of our wartime history, particularly for younger Australians,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get involved in understanding our nation’s history and this exhibition will do just that through interactive displays utilising artefacts, audio and film.

“The exhibit will visit 23 locations around the country and provide visitors with an unique and interactive insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

“The Commonwealth Bank and Telstra have both had a long connection with our troops and I would like to sincerely thank them for their continued support and for making the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience possible,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Mr Ian Narev, Commonwealth Bank CEO, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, ensuring all Australians honour past service and sacrifice as well as paying tribute to the men and women who continue to serve our nation. Having been the country’s central bank during the First World War, the Commonwealth Bank was heavily involved with the war effort including making banking facilities available to soldiers, providing care packages to serving employees and, sadly, losing many employees who enlisted.”

Mr David Thodey, Telstra CEO said: “Telstra’s  history dates back to the Post Master General’s Department which had more than 3800 employees serving in the Australian Imperial Forces during the First World War. Recruits were mainly technical staff - engineers and signalmen – who played a crucial role in building and supporting wartime communications.  Telstra is proud to support the Federal Government’s Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, and help connect people around Australia to this important commemoration of our shared history.”

For more information on the travelling exhibition visit Spirit of Anzac

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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