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2014 Media Centre Archive

28 November – Veteran creativity on show in Victoria

Veterans from across Victoria put pen and paint to paper showcasing their artistic talents as part of the 2014 Story Writing & Art Competition (SWAC) at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

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26 November – Sir John Monash Scholarship receives funding

Dr Phoebe Williams has been named as the inaugural Sir John Monash Anzac Centenary Scholar at a ceremony in Sydney. The scholarship will fund her studies in Australia and internationally for three years.

Media release VA095


25 November – Video highlights important message for Defence community

A video reminding Australian Defence Force members that support is available no matter what stage of their career they are at was launched today at the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans’ Mental Health.

Media release VA094 | YouTube video


24 November - Expanding access to veteran mental health support in Sydney

In a continued effort to ensure members of the veteran community and their families have simplified access to mental health support, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson today announced that the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) will be expanding its footprint in the Sydney region.

Media release VA093 


19 November - Major grants to commemorate wartime service

Four projects honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women will receive more than $342,000 in funding under the Major Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service programme.

Media release VA092 


17 November - Projects supporting our veterans receive funding

Organisations across the nation that provide vital services and support to our veteran and defence communities will receive a welcome funding boost under the Government’s Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release VA091


14 November - Targeted service to veterans in Western Sydney

From December, veterans in the greater Western Sydney region will receive more targeted support from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs through an expanded outreach program and a new office in Parramatta.

Media release VA090 | Changes to VAN Service Delivery in Greater Western Sydney


11 November - War time reporters honoured in Major Commemorative Grants

The contribution of Charles Edwin Woodrow (C.E.W) Bean, and of all the men and women who have reported on Australia’s experience of war, will be honoured with the construction of a new memorial to be located at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Media release VA089


11 November - Anzac Centenary Public Fund Recommendations

I am pleased to announce $7.45 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to support the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Media release VA088


10 November - Remember a Century of Service and Sacrifice

As a nation we pause for a minute’s silence every year at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We take a moment to remember all those who have served Australia in times of war and conflict and to honour their legacy.

Media release VA087


November - Remembrance Day

This Remembrance Day, Tuesday 11 November, Australians across the nation and around the world will pause at 11am for one minute's silence to remember the sacrifice of those who have served in our country's uniform during times of war and conflict.

Media release VA086


1 November - Three Australian veterans to receive France's highest honour

Three Australian Second World War veterans will be presented with France’s highest honour, the Legion of Honour, at the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event being held in Albany, Western Australia.

Media release VA085


31 October - Support the RSL this Remembrance Day

In the lead up to Remembrance Day on Tuesday 11 November, I encourage all Australians to purchase and wear a red poppy, in support of the Returned and Services League's (RSL) Poppy Day Appeal.

Media release VA084


31 October - Theft at Anzac commemorative site in Turkey

The Australian Government was informed overnight of the theft of the letters ANZAC from the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach in Turkey.

Media release VA083


29 October - Government cuts red tape facing veterans and their families

The Government is slashing red tape for veterans and their families, making it easier for them to access services from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Media release VA082


28 October - Important research studies released

The Department of Veterans' Affairs today released three important research studies into the impact on families and veterans of service during the Vietnam War and of peacekeeping duties.

Media release VA081 | Ministerial statement | Vietnam Veterans Family Study | Peacekeepers studies


24 October- Further funding approved for local grants program

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced that a further 231 grants totalling $1.96 million have been approved under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. This brings the total number of grants approved to 605 grants across 123 electorates, with $5.8 million being made available to date for communities to implement commemorative projects. 

Media release VA080


15 October - 10 days to go to confirm your place at Gallipoli 2015

There are just 10 days left for Australians offered a place in the ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 to accept the chance of a lifetime and provide travel details for next year's Centenary Dawn Service.

Media release VA079 | Gallipoli 2015 website


10 October - Nutrition the key focus during Veterans' Health Week

Veterans across Australia are encouraged to improve their health and wellbeing during Veterans' Health Week, 13-20 October, by taking part in a week of fun and informative activities centered around improving their nutrition.

Media release VA078 | Veterans' Health Week 


26 September - Victoria's ex-service community gets creative

The creative talents of members of Victoria’s ex-service community will be celebrated today at the official launch of the 2014 Victorian Veteran Community Story Writing and Art Competition (SWAC) exhibition.

Media release VA077


26 September - One month left to confirm your place at Gallipoli 2015

Australians offered a place in the ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 have until 11:59 pm AEDT Saturday, 25 October 2014 to accept or decline their place at next year’s centenary Dawn Service.

Media release VA076 | Gallipoli 2015 website 


19 September - Pension increase for the veteran community

From 20 September 2014, veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions.

Media release VA075


16 September - Experts discover Gallipoli battlefield clues

A team of eminent archaeologists, historians and researchers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have uncovered more than 14 kilometres of trench - much of it in the original frontline - leading to rare insights into the often forgotten struggles of those who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula 100 years ago. They have also found evidence of ancient Roman occupation.

Media release VA073


15 September - Grants help communities honour our servicemen and women

It was announced today that more than $178,000 in funding has been provided for community projects honouring Australia’s servicemen and women.

Media release VA072


14 September - Commemorating Australia's peacekeepers

Australian Peacekeepers Day, is a time to acknowledge the men and women who played an important role in restoring peace and harmony in areas affected by conflict around the globe.

Media release VA071


12 September - New initiative linking injured veterans to employment

Recognising the unique nature of military service, a new trial initiative has been announced that will help wounded, injured or ill veterans achieve employment opportunities as part of their recovery.

Media release VA070


11 September - Australians sharing commemorative experiences online

Today, the Anzac Centenary Facebook Photo app helping Australians get involved in the Anzac Centenary from anywhere in the world was launched.

Media release VA069


11 September - Remarks at the Bita Paka Commemorative Event Bita Paka War Cemetary, Rabaul, PNG

One hundred years ago, the land on which we stand was a possession of the German Empire, a possession that was won and lost in war.

Media transcript VA051


11 September - Australia's first action of the First World War remembered

Today marks the centenary of Australia’s first campaign of the First World War and remembers in particular the six men who fell in the brief but bitter encounter at Bita Paka in German New Guinea.

Media release VA068


8 September - DVA has commenced the fourth data Study of Mortality & Cancer Incidence in F-111 Deseal/Reseal program Aircraft Maintenance Personnel

DVA has commenced the fourth in a series of studies on the mortality and cancer incidence of F-111 Aircraft Maintenance workers who were involved in the F-111 Deseal/Reseal (DSRS) programs during 1977-2000.

This study is expected to be completed mid 2015 and follows on from three previous studies completed in 2003, 2004 and 2009 as part of a broader Study into the Study of Health Outcomes of Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP).

F-111 Fuel Tank Maintenance website


4 September - Commonwealth Bank of Australia contributes $2 million to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia contributes a very generous $2 million to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

Media release VA067


3 September - Remembering our merchant mariners

Today, on Merchant Navy Day, we remember the largely unsung heroes of war, the Australian Defence Force personnel and civilian seamen who served in Merchant Navies across the world.

Media release VA066


3 September - Battle for Australia Day 2014

Each year, on the first Wednesday in September, we commemorate Battle for Australia Day, marking the defeat of the Japanese forces in the Battle of Milne Bay. We remember those who fought and died defending our nation during the Second World War.

Media release VA065


1 September - Local Centenary Grants Commemorate Anzac Centenary

A further 119 grants worth $975,000 have been approved under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme, bringing to more than $3.34 million in funding for local commemorative projects has been approved to date under the programme.

Media release VA064


1 September - Legacy Week 2014

Legacy Week, which commences today, is an annual reminder of the work carried out by this great Australian organisation to assist the families of those who have served and sacrificed for their country.

Media release VA063


21 August - Cutting red tape for veterans and their families

From 1 September 2014, current serving ADF members, including Reservists, will be able use their purple ADF ID Card to prove their identity for the purposes of making a DVA claim, reducing red tape in the claims application process.

Media release VA062


20 August - Grants fund veteran projects across Australia

Fifty-seven projects supporting Australia’s veteran and Defence community will benefit from $682,051 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release VA061


18 August - Greater access to health and wellbeing services for veterans and their families through Facebook

As part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing commitment to increasing the accessibility of veteran mental health support, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson today launched an integrated social media presence for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).

Media release VA060


15 August - Vietnam veterans remembered across Australia 

Veterans, their families and the wider community will gather at ceremonies across the country this weekend, and especially on Monday, to mark Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day.

Media release VA059


15 August - Suffering of Sandakan POWs remembered

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today urger all Australians to remember Sandakan Day and especially those Australians who suffered acts of cruelty during the Second World War.

Media release VA058


13 August - The Red Cross - 100 years of people helping people

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today paid tribute to the Australian Red Cross on its 100th anniversary, acknowledging the outstanding contribution, support and dedication it has provided to Australians, particularly in time of war.

Media release VA057


8 August - Turkey gifts 60 double passes to Australians for Gallipoli 2015

A further 60 double passes to Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015 will be released to Australians on the waitlist thanks to the generosity of Turkey, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Media release VA056


7 August - Restoration of veteran advocacy and support funding delivered

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today announced $3.8 million in funding to deliver important support services to Australia’s ex-service community.

Media release VA055


6 August - Kerry Stokes re-appointed to War Memorial Council

Leading Australian businessman and philanthropist, Mr Kerry Stokes AC, has been re-appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release VA054


5 August - 100 Years since Australia's first shot in the war was fired

One hundred years on from what was believed to be the ‘first shot’ fired by British Empire forces during the First World War, the community has gathered at Fort Nepean to remember this momentous event in Australian history.

Media release VA053


4 August - Funding Boost for States and Territories Anzac Centenary Projects

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced $4 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to support the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Media release VA052


28 July - Anzac Spirit Lives on in our Schools

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated schools from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Western Australia (WA) that have been awarded top honours in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

Media release VA051


27 July - Honour our Korean Veterans Today

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, paid tribute to the some 18,000 Australians who served during the Korean War 1950-1953 and Post Armistice, today on Korean Veterans Day – 27 July.

Media release VA050


19 July - Honour for 20 Australian soldiers identified after 98 years

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today dedicated the headstones of 20 Australian soldiers on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Australian Government.

Media release


18 July - Our Fromelles Heroes Never to be Forgotten

Today at the opening of the Musée de la Bataille de Fromelles in France, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson paid tribute to Australians who fought in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles.

Media release VA048


5 July - New website links Veterans to support when they need it

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has officially launched a new dedicated website for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) at the South Australian RSL Congress in Adelaide today.

Media release VA047


4 July - International ships to join the Albany convoy

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson today confirmed international ships from Japan and New Zealand will join Royal Australian Navy vessels in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event in October.

Media release VA046


4 July - Higher education support for Vietnam Veterans' children

Forty-one students from around Australia will be given a helping hand as they prepare for study this year with funding through the Long Tan Bursary Scheme.

Media release VA045 | Long Tan Bursary Scheme


3 July - First glimpse inside WW1 submarine wreck in Turkey

More than 99 years after she fell in battle in the First World War, a project to record, preserve and tell the story of the Australian submarine HMAS AE2, lying at the bottom of Turkey's Sea of Marmara, is underway.

Media release VA044 | Images | Footage (Password: Stoker) | AE2 project website


2 July - Start the journey back to good mental health

A new YouTube video has been launched highlighting the help available to veterans from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Media release VA043


1 July - Remember our Reserves

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has encouraged all Australians to recognise the important contribution of Reservists who have served in past and contemporary conflicts and peacekeeping operations during this years Reserve Forces Day.

Media release VA042 


1 July - Strengthening Access to Mental Health Support for Former ADF Members and Families

Today the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, announced three major initiatives which expand existing mental health services for veterans and their families.

Media release VA041 


Gallipoli 2015 Logo26 June - Gallipoli ballot waitlist activated

Australians on the Gallipoli 2015 Dawn Service ticket waitlist will find out shortly if they have been given a second chance to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015, with the first round of the waitlist to be drawn.

Media release VA040 | Gallipoli 2015 website


25 June - Passing of Cyril Gilbert OAM

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Cyril Reginald Gilbert OAM, former National President of the Ex-Prisoner of War (POW) Association who devoted his lifetime to assisting his fellow Ex POW’s and the veteran community.

Media release VA039 


20 June - Anzac Centenary local grants honour servicemen and women across the country

More than $2.36 million in funding has been annouced for commemorative projects under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

Media release VA038 


19 June - Appointment of Australian War Memorial Council Members

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the appointment of Mr Leslie Carlyon AC and Ms Jillian Segal AM to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Media release VA037 


17 June - ANZ Bank makes first major Anzac Centenary Public Fund contribution

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of the ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today welcomed the first $2 million contribution from the ANZ Bank of Australia, part of their $10 million commitment to the Centenary of Anzac.

Media release VA036 


16 June - Saluting Australia's veterans with grant initatives

Funding has been approved for commemorative projects honouring the sacrifice and service of Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present, under the Saluting Their Service grants programme.

Media release VA035 


Commemorative Mission to France for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the European Campaign, June 2014 

Australian and French flags

Media release VA032 | Media release VA025


11 June - Launch of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme

The Government has launched the $5 million Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme which is a significant new programme of research into the mental health and wellbeing of contemporary service personnel and veterans. Defence will contribute $1.2 million and Veterans’ Affairs will contribute $3.8 million to this Research Programme.

Media release VA033 | Transcript of Senator Ronaldson’s Speech


28 May - Voices of Birralee to perform at Anzac Day in France

Voices of Birralee community choir has been selected to provide choral services on the Western Front over the Anzac Centenary period from 2015.

Media release VA031


14 May - Extreme Disablement Adjustment rate correction

The Extreme Disablement Adjustment rate of Clean Energy Supplement has been corrected. The rate was originally calculated to be $11.80 per fortnight but the correct rate is $11.70 per fortnight.

The new rate will be applied from payday 15 May 2014. Amounts already paid will not be recovered or deducted from future payments.


13 May - Budget Delivers Election Commitments to Veterans and their Families

The 2014-15 Federal Budget provides more than $12 billion in overall funding for Australia’s veteran community including $6.5 billion in pensions and income support and $5.4 billion in health services.

Media release VA029


7 May - Grants boost quality of life for veteran community

Nineteen projects enriching the quality of lives of veterans across the country have received funding worth $236,294 as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release VA028 | Grants


5 May - Online Case Formulation Training programme addresses complexity of Veterans' Mental Health

Today the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson launched a new Case Formulation e-learning programme to assist clinicians prioritise multiple conditions and adopt a case formulation and treatment planning approach with their veteran clients. The partnership with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health in developing these evidence-based resources will assist health providers to support the mental health and well-being of the new generation of Australian veterans. 

Media release VA027


25 April - Australians around the world remember ANZAC Day

Australians across the country and around the world have paused today to honour those who have served, and remember those who have given their lives in service to our nation in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Media release VA026


14 April - New approach to DVA services in regional New South Wales and Victoria

From June 2014, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will make changes to shopfront services in nine regional areas in Victoria and NSW to ensure veterans living in those communities can continue to access face-to-face support at a location close to their home.

Media release VA024 | More information about these changes


11 April - From Naval Tribute to New Music Work - We Salute Their Service

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced more than $274,000 in funding to support projects of national significance that will honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.

Media release VA023


Gallipoli 20153 April - Gallipoli Anzac Day 2015 ballot complete

The outcome of the Anzac Day Dawn Service ballot for Gallipoli in 2015 has been announced. All applicants will be notified shortly.

Media release VA022 | Gallipoli 2015 Website


27 March - Local grants salute Australia's veterans

Commemorative projects saluting Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present, have received funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program.

Media release | STS grants


27 March - Grants promote independence and quality of life for veterans

Bowling green upgrades, kitchen refurbishments and bus trips to reduce social isolation are some of the projects to receive $974,255 in funding as part of the Veteran and Community Grants program.

Media release | V&C grants


Gallipoli 201524 March - Additional Gallipoli Centenary service in 2015

Australians planning to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in 2015 will have an additional commemorative service to attend at Lone Pine on 6 August 2015.

Media release VA019


21 March - Pension increase for veteran community

More than 272,000 veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia received a pension increase on 20 March 2014.

Media release VA018 | Pension Rates


13 March - New look PMAC to tackle veteran mental health

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the establishment of a new Prime Ministerial Advisory Council (PMAC) with a renewed focus on veteran mental health.

Media release VA016


7 March - New Board to oversee Anzac Centenary Public Fund

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced the appointment of a new five member Board to oversee the operation of the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

Media release VA015


5 March - Veterans urged to take part in consultation

Today the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will begin consultation with veterans, war widow/ers, their families, the Community and Public Sector Union and DVA staff about the future of some shopfront services in Victoria and New South Wales.

Media release VA014


5 March - Giving DVA a new home for the long-term

Today’s announcement to relocate the national office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from Woden to Civic in 2016 marks a new beginning for DVA, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said.

Media release VA013


19 February - Wartime defence of Darwin honoured

All Australians are urged to honour those who defended Darwin against Japanese air raids during the Second World War.

Media release VA012


14 February - Sacrifices of our National Servicemen remembered

All Australians are encouraged to take a moment today, on National Servicemen's Day, to pay tribute to the young men who took part in the National Service scheme.

Media release VA011


13 February – Highest honour to digger who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to posthumously award the Victoria Cross for Australia to the late Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird MG.

Media release VA010


13 February - New $1 coin shares the spirit of the Centenary of Anzac

A new $1 circulating 2014 coin featuring the Centenary of Anzac logo and produced by the Royal Australian Mint has been unveiled.

Media release VA009


10 February - 50th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Voyager II

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today encouraged all Australians to remember one of the nation’s greatest Naval tragedies, the sinking of HMAS Voyager II in 1964.

Media release VA008


6 February - VALE Arthur Gietzelt AO

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today expressed sorrow at the passing of the former Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Arthur Gietzelt AO, who will be farewelled at a State Memorial Service today.

Media release VA007


2 February – Next steps for Gallipoli 2015 ballot

42,582 applications were received from Australians planning to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015.

Media release VA06 | Gallipoli 2015 website


30 January - Last chance to apply for Gallipoli 2015 ballot

The ballot for attendance at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 closes at 11:59pm AEDST Friday 31 January.

Media release VA005 | Gallipoli 2015 website


29 January - Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Local Member for Herbert visit DVA offices in Townsville

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, was joined today by the Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones MP, meeting staff from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) offices in Townsville, along with local ex-service organisation (ESO) members.

Media release VA004 | Transcript of doorstop interview with Mr Ewen Jones MP - Townsville


29 January - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) to be enhanced in Northern Tasmania

Veterans living in Northern Tasmania will have access to enhanced services from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).

Media release VA003


28 January - Congratulations to General Cosgrove on his appointment as the next Governor-General of Australia

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated General Peter Cosgrove AC MC on his appointment as Australia’s next Governor-General.

Media release VA002


14 January - Safety Paramount as the Hot Weather Continues

With the hot temperatures sweeping across the country the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today reminded Australia’s veteran community to look after their health.

Media release VA001

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