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11 August 2016

50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation, an undeclared conflict fought mainly along the Malaysian-Indonesian frontier on the island of Borneo from 1963-1966.

Australian personnel joined British, Commonwealth and Malaysian forces in repelling cross-border raids by Indonesian troops seeking to destabilise the newly federated state of Malaysia and claim former British territories on Borneo.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said 21 Australians lost their lives as a result of the operations on Borneo.

“Today we remember the service and sacrifice of the Australians on Borneo 50 years ago,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our troops were sent to protect Malaysia against external attack – which they did against Indonesian paratroop and amphibious raids on the Malayan Peninsula, and against Indonesian infantry in operations on Borneo.”

“It is a reminder that the men and women who serve in defence of our country are called on to do their duty in a variety of forms and as a nation we honour them all.”

The Australian War Memorial will commemorate the end of the Indonesian Confrontation during the Last Post Ceremony, broadcast live online, at 4.55pm on 11 August.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.