Wednesday, April 8 2015

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


Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today announced three new appointments to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Ms Josephine Stone AM, Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC and Major General Aziz (Greg) Melick AO RFD SC have been appointed to the Council for three-year periods.

Ms Stone has 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and barrister and has also held the positions of Professional Standards Director of the Northern Territory Law Society and was the Chairman of the Red Cross Katherine Flood Appeal.

Brigadier Creagh has had a distinguished 30 year career in the Australian Defence Force and has held such roles as Director-General, Australian Defence Force Theatre Project, Director-General Strategic Communication and Chief of Personnel, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan. She is currently the Executive Director of the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, the national travelling exhibition supporting the Centenary of Anzac.

Major General Melick has 50 years’ experience serving in the Australian Army Reserve and is currently the head of the Centenary of Anzac planning team. Major General Melick also has also served as Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Reserves) and brings 40 years’ experience as a solicitor and barrister to the role.

Senator Ronaldson said the three new appointments would bring a wealth of experience across the defence and corporate sectors to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

“I would like to thank outgoing members Major General Paul Stephens AO (Ret’d) and Dr Allan Hawke AC for their service to the Council. I also acknowledge the service to Council of Lieutenant General David Morrison AO whose term will expire upon his retirement as Chief of Army. Lt General Morrison will be replaced by incoming Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell DSC AM ,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Media inquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381

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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