Tuesday, June 17 2014

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State


The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of the ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today welcomed the first $2 million contribution from the ANZ Bank of Australia, part of their $10 million commitment to the Centenary of Anzac.

“The ANZ’s contribution is the largest corporate donation to date and will help to support appropriate and respectful Anzac Centenary commemorations”, Senator Ronaldson said.

“I welcome the commitment by the ANZ Bank toward the Centenary of Anzac. The ANZ Bank is almost 180 years old. During the First World War, 40 per cent of its male workforce enlisted to serve, with the names of those who did not return listed on the bank’s Roll of Honour at their branch on Queen Street in Melbourne”, Senator Ronaldson said.

“I am expecting similar significant contributions from other large corporate donors. I will similarly release details of those contributions with appropriate and much deserved recognition.”

“On 12 December 2013, the Prime Minister and I officially launched the Anzac Centenary Public Fund with Mr Lindsay Fox AC who has been tireless in his efforts to seek corporate donations to the Fund.”

The Anzac Centenary Public Fund was established primarily to receive donations from the corporate sector to donate towards Anzac Centenary commemorations that will take place between 2014 and 2018. These commemorations will encompass all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.

“Contributions to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund will support the national programme for the Anzac Centenary in raising awareness of our military history and those Australians who continue to serve our nation. It will do this by focusing on the key themes of education and research, commemorations, arts and culture.”

Media inquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

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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