Friday, October 18 2013

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


At the National Legacy Conference today, the Prime Minister foreshadowed some projects for consideration, which could ensure a lasting legacy during the forthcoming commemoration period.

"The Prime Minister and I welcome feedback regarding these proposals from the Australian community and particularly from the nation's veterans' and their representative organisations," Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Minister Michael Ronaldson said today.

"I know that these proposals are supported by Mr Lindsay Fox who has generously accepted responsibility to raise substantial funds from Australia's corporate sector towards the Anzac Centenary Public Fund."

If these proposals have widespread support, then consideration can be given to funding its establishment through the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

As part of its election commitment, the Abbott Government has allocated further funding to the local commemorative events program, which is being overseen by the 150 members of the House of Representatives, in their local communities. The Government has increased the funding available to $125,000 per electorate.

"As we approach the Centenary of Anzac, the Abbott Government is keen to ensure that commemorative activities are conducted in a dignified manner and that all Australians, wherever they live, can participate," Minister Ronaldson concluded.

Media inquiries: Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

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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