Thursday, June 19 2014

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


Today I announce the appointment of Mr Leslie Carlyon AC and Ms Jillian Segal AM to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Mr Les Carlyon AC is the acclaimed author of Gallipoli and The Great War and a respected former journalist at the Age, Herald and Weekly Times, receiving the Walkley Award (1971) and the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award (1993). He is also a former member of the Council, serving two terms from 2006 – 2012.

Mr Carlyon has made a significant contribution to the work of the Council during his previous terms and I look forward to his continuing assistance in helping the War Memorial to increase public engagement in our proud military history. Mr Carlyon was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in June 2014.

Ms Jillian Segal AM is a Director of the National Australia Bank, the ASX Limited, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation. She is Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, and a member of the Sydney Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact.

Ms Segal has a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the Council and I welcome her input on ensuring the War Memorial continues to be an internationally recognised and revered place of commemoration, especially throughout the Anzac Centenary period.

Both appointments are on a part-time basis for a period of three years.

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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