Saturday, 20 June 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 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.

“This funding will enable the RSL to honour the service and sacrifice of the more than one million Australians who served in the Second World War through a series of commemorative events across Australia on 15 August,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“At 12 noon Tokyo time on 15 August 1945, Japan signed an unconditional surrender to bring the war to an end.

“In Australia, we will mark the moment 70 years ago that the surrender was signed with commemorations in every state and territory.

“These events will provide Second World War veterans, and their families, the opportunity to reflect on this time in Australia’s history at locations close to their home.”

The grant is part of the $35.5 million allocated in the 2015–16 Budget to continue delivering national and international commemorations that honour our veterans’ centenary of service over the next four years.

Alongside funding for commemorations, the 2015 Budget provides $6.5 billion for income support and pensions and $5.5 billion for health care treatment for veterans.

“The Government will deliver a number of new Budget initiatives to better support veterans, including increasing the number of dedicated case coordinators to improve service delivery to clients with complex claims, continuing a telehealth trial to support older veterans stay at home longer, and improving the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Commemorating and validating our veterans’ service and sacrifice is paramount to the mental health and wellbeing of all veterans.

“I look forward to working with the RSL to ensure the story of the Second World War is acknowledged 70 years on from these defining events in our nation’s history.”


Media enquiries:

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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