Speeches - Darren Chester MP

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Dec 2019

20 Dec 2019
IT is more than a century since the last Australian soldiers slipped away from the Gallipoli peninsula in December 1915. In Australia, news of the evacuation produced conflicting emotions.

Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019
The Australian Veterans’ Covenant ends with the phrase: ‘For what they have done, this we will do’ ‘For what they have done, this we will do’.

Oct 2019

18 Oct 2019
Introduction I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are meeting today and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. I would also like to acknowledge:

Dec 2018

12 Dec 2018
Ladies and gentlemen. Of the 60,000 Allied Prisoners of War who worked on the Burma–Thailand Railway, more than 12,500 died. 2,800 Australians never made it home to the country they loved, and the country that loved them in return.

Nov 2018

11 Nov 2018
Ladies and Gentlemen To those serving us in uniform and to those who have served their nations in the past: May I offer a special welcome. Thank you for your service. And thank you to your families for supporting your service.

Jul 2018

27 Jul 2018
Commemorative service at the Australian National Korean War Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra The Korean War has long been overshadowed by the world wars that preceded it, and by the decade-long war in Vietnam that followed. Yet it was a significant moment in world history.
04 Jul 2018
Distinguished guest, ladies and gentlemen Life is full of choices. And I thank you for choosing to be here today as we commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the battle of Hamel 100 years ago.

May 2018

13 May 2018
Welcome, Shadow Minister Amanda Rishworth, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Vietnam Veteran Tim Fischer, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, and most importantly, to the Veterans and their families, thank you for your service.
01 May 2018
Good afternoon and thank you for being part of this national commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. I would especially like to thank and acknowledge the veterans and their relatives who are here today.

Apr 2018

25 Apr 2018
Ambassadors, Mayor, Alderman, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
24 Apr 2018
There’s an old saying in Australia that to truly understand another person’s life experience, you need to walk a mile in their shoes.

Mar 2018

28 Mar 2018
Location: Great Hall, Australian Parliament House