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Media Statement

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

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Statement regarding Anzac Day Services at Anzac Cove

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is continuing to make plans to conduct the traditional commemorative services at Anzac Cove on 25 April 2019.

The Australian Government is closely monitoring the security situation in Turkey and regards the safety of Australians who plan to visit the Gallipoli Peninsula as its highest priority.

I advise anyone planning to travel to Turkey for Anzac Day to monitor the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The current advice is for travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in Ankara, Istanbul and in Turkey overall.

Higher security levels apply in some parts of the country because of the high threat of terrorist attack and the Prime Minister has asked that this advice is reviewed in light of recent developments.

As the Prime Minister has said today, there is no link between the Christchurch tragedy and the 1915 Gallipoli campaign or memorial services.

The Prime Ministers of both Australia and New Zealand have condemned the terrorist attack by the right wing extremist. Australia has a long and enduring relationship with Turkey based on mutual respect and our shared sacrifice of more than 100 years ago.

The annual memorial service at Anzac Cove is a solemn commemoration of the service and sacrifice of the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish people.


Media contacts:

Rachel Tharratt: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

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