Media releases - Michael Ronaldson

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Sep 2015

20 Sep 2015
Three First World War graves in the Birr Cross Roads Cemetery in Belgium will be rededicated today, finally commemorating by name three Australian soldiers who died in the First World War.
18 Sep 2015
Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions from 20 September 2015 as part of the bi-annual indexation process.
15 Sep 2015
The Right Mix website has been enhanced to provide better support for veterans and serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members in order to help them manage their alcohol consumption, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said today.
14 Sep 2015
Today, Australian Peacekeepers Day, is a time to acknowledge the Australian men and women who have played an important role in restoring peace and harmony in areas affected by conflict around the globe.
14 Sep 2015
Funding applications for initiatives that recognise the contribution of Australian servicemen and women who served our country during the Vietnam conflict are now open, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced today. 
13 Sep 2015
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11 Sep 2015
The creative talents of Victoria’s ex-service community will be celebrated at today’s official launch of the 2015 Victorian Veteran Community Story Writing and Art Competition (SWAC) exhibition.
10 Sep 2015
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, released a free mobile phone app to help serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deal with suicidal thoughts.
04 Sep 2015
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, in the Albury-Wodonga region.
02 Sep 2015
Seven Second World War veterans who served in, or directly supported, the New Guinea campaigns from the Battle for Wau in January 1943 onwards, will travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon.

Aug 2015

31 Aug 2015
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today encouraged Australians to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of those who fought in post-Second World War conflicts in the Malaya and Borneo regions.
28 Aug 2015
The High Res website, which helps veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force manage the unique mental stresses of military service was launched today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon.
26 Aug 2015
A new Anzac Memorial was unveiled at Deception Bay today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP.
18 Aug 2015
On Vietnam Veterans’ Day, Australians pause to remember the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Vietnam War.
18 Aug 2015
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced a one-off school competition to honour Australia’s Vietnam veterans.
18 Aug 2015
Fifty years on from the deployment of 1RAR to South Vietnam and the beginning of Australia’s combat role in the Vietnam War, the Australian Government is proud to launch a dedicated one-off grants sub-programme to help the community recognise the contribution of Australian servicemen and women wh
15 Aug 2015
The 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific will be commemorated around Australia today at special commemorative ceremonies, before a special celebratory dinner in Brisbane tonight.
14 Aug 2015
Schools from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Queensland are the national winners in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon.
13 Aug 2015
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced 116 community projects honouring Australian servicemen and women will receive more than $285,000 in funding under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants programme.
12 Aug 2015
The Government has awarded almost $600,000 to ex-service organisations around Australia to support grass roots projects that will enhance the lives of many in the veteran community.
11 Aug 2015
This Saturday marks 70 years since then Prime Minister Ben Chifley declared that the Second World War was officially over with the Japanese Government accepting the Allied Nations’ terms of surrender.
06 Aug 2015
Commemorative services are being staged around the nation today and on Gallipoli as Australians pay tribute to Australian Soldiers who were involved in the Battle of Lone Pine.

Jul 2015

13 Jul 2015
The Australian and International premieres of the Gallipoli Symphony—a musical and visual journey which tells the story of the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign – were announced today by the Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson.
12 Jul 2015
The invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the veteran community made by Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop was commemorated in Melbourne today, marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of his Foundation and the launch of its annual fundraising appeal.
10 Jul 2015
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, honoured the service and sacrifice of some 35 Australians involved in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago.
09 Jul 2015
PETER BUTLER: And I have in the studio with me Senator Michael Ronaldson, the Federal Minister for Veterans' Affairs, and we're going to have a chat about the Operation Bring Them Home.
03 Jul 2015
The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial in Albany, Western Australia, was today declared a Military Memorial of National Significance by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.
01 Jul 2015
Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Albury-Wodonga region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon.
01 Jul 2015
Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Hobart region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon.
01 Jul 2015
Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Launceston region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon.

Jun 2015

30 Jun 2015
The City of Kingston today held dedication ceremonies for two memorials to honour Australia’s First World War veterans, funded through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program (ACLGP).
30 Jun 2015
*** Acknowledgements excluded *** Can I thank Claire O’Neill and her committee for making sure this project was put forward as an important part of the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and can I congratulate everyone involved.
25 Jun 2015
On the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged Australians to remember those who served in what is often called the ‘forgotten war’.
20 Jun 2015
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced the National Returned and Services League (RSL) will receive a grant of $200,000 to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, at the RSL’s Queensland Congress in Brisbane today.
19 Jun 2015
More than 100 veterans of the Second World War will this year be honoured at ceremonies across the country with France’s prestigious Legion of Honour award, which was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to acknowledge outstanding military accomplishments and other distinguished services to Fran
18 Jun 2015
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced arrangements for the 100th anniversary commemoration for the August Offensive at Lone Pine, Gallipoli in Turkey on 6 August 2015.
18 Jun 2015
The compilation of the Official Histories of Australian operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the peacekeeping operations in East Timor took a significant step forward today with the Australian War Memorial (AWM) calling for expressions of interest from qualified historians to oversee the project.<
15 Jun 2015
It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Ross Pearson OAM, who passed away on Saturday, 13 June 2015, at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.
12 Jun 2015
The Malaysian Government has pledged its support and offered to assist wherever possible in returning the bodies of Australian soldiers buried at the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia.
11 Jun 2015
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced new appointments to the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) Advisory Committee.
10 Jun 2015
Eight Australian veterans in Borneo for the 70th anniversary commemorations of the last major Australian campaign of the Second World War will be the special guests at a multimedia exhibition launched today in Brunei by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon.
09 Jun 2015
Eight Australian Second World War veterans today honoured their fellow servicemen who helped liberate Borneo from Japanese occupation 70 years ago at a ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Labuan, Malaysia.
03 Jun 2015
Services to Veterans in the Geelong area are set to be revamped following a review of existing arrangements and extensive consultation with the community, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson said today.
03 Jun 2015
Eight Australian Second World War veterans will depart for Borneo tomorrow as part of a special commemorative mission marking the 70th anniversary of the last and most complex major Australian operations of the Second World War.
02 Jun 2015
Communities across Australia will share in more than $462,000 to help honour Australia’s servicemen and women through the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grant program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson announced today.
02 Jun 2015
This week marks the beginning of Australia’s most comprehensive study into the impact of contemporary military service on the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

May 2015

29 May 2015
The remains of two soldiers, likely to be Australians who fought in the First World War, were located at Bullecourt in France on Saturday, 23 May 2015.
27 May 2015
Can I thank you most sincerely for the invitation to be here today. This is my fifth conference I think from recollection, so I’ve lost some skin over that five years, but I’m still intact so I thank you for that.
26 May 2015
Eight veterans will return to Borneo next month to mark the 70th anniversary of an important campaign of the Second World War.