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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

22 May 2018

Council of the Australian War Memorial appointments

MINISTER for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester today announced Colonel Susan Neuhaus CSC (Ret’d) as a new appointee to the Council of the Australian War Memorial along with the reappointment of Major General Greg Melick AO.

Mr Chester said the appointments would ensure the continuation of high-quality guidance and leadership of the War Memorial and its vital programme of work in the years to come.

“Colonel Neuhaus and Major General Melick are part of a strong team and bring a wealth of experience in the medical and military professions and will have a key role to play in honouring the memory of our nation’s military history,” Mr Chester said.

“The work of Australian War Memorial and the Council is crucial in raising national awareness of the service and sacrifice offered by our current and former serving community.

“I am pleased the Australian Government will invest $13 million as announced in the Federal Budget to further preserve its National Collection and will ensure increased public access to the memorial and its exhibitions.

“I thank all Council members for their dedication and hard work in preserving and sharing our military history.”
More information about the Australian War Memorial and its Council.

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