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Friday, 24 February 2017

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is planning five main Anzac Centenary commemorations overseas in 2017.

Media release | Media EOICall for media expression of interest Anzac Day & Anzac Centenary commemorations 2017

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Today, we mark an important date in our history: the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Media release75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

Friday, 17 February 2017

On Sunday 19 February it will be 75 years to the day since World War II reached the shores of Australia when Darwin was bombed.

Media releaseLetter to the Editor

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today marked the 75th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters of the Second World War when 21 Australian Army nurses and up to 100 British soldiers were slain by Japanese soldiers on Banka Island in Indonesia.

Media release - 75th anniversary of the Banka Island Massacre

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on today’s 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, Australians would pause and reflect on the lives lost and more than 15,000 Australian soldiers who were taken prisoner.

Media release75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

Friday, 10 February 2017

Minister for Veterans Affairs’ Dan Tehan said Australians will pause and reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin on 19 February.

Media release Commemorations for 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said 2017 would feature a number of significant military commemorations to recognise the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought to defend our country.

Media release2017 Domestic and Overseas Commemorations

Friday, 3 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan today officially launched the trial of a new intensive treatment program for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Media release World-leading research to improve PTSD treatment for veterans

Friday, 3 February 2017

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Secretary Simon Lewis PSM today reminded members of the veteran and Defence communities that support is available for anyone who may be disturbed by the Senate Inquiry into Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel public hearings.

Media release

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has paid tribute to the distinguished service and outstanding leadership of Major General David McLachlan AO, who retires as State President of RSL Victoria today.

Media releaseIn recognition of Major General David McLachlan AO

Friday, 27 January 2017

A national service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore and the service and sacrifice of all Australian Prisoners of War will be held on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 11.00am, at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria.

Media release

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today paid tribute to everyone who had contributed to the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service, which celebrates its 35th birthday today.

Media release - 35 years of mental health support for veterans

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Veterans and their families in towns and cities around Australia will benefit from more than $500,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Media releaseGrants support veterans and their communities

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan will today lay a wreath at a memorial service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of New Britain at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

Media release - Memorial service for 2/22nd Battalion / Lark Force

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan says Western Australians should pay a visit to an immersive First World War exhibition featuring 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial that opens in Bunbury today.

Media release

Monday, 9 January 2017

Current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will compete for a place in the 2017 Australian Invictus Games team at selection trials this week in Canberra.

Media release - Selection trials for Invictus Games 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has called for more Australian businesses and ex-service organisations to step up and support the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Media release - Business backs Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the establishment of a panel of community-based providers to help treat members of the veteran community experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders.

Media release - Support for veterans with drug and alcohol dependencies

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced more than $160,000 had been awarded to 66 community projects honouring Australia’s wartime history.

Media release - Commemorative grants fund 66 local community projects

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today released the Australian Government’s response to the Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study.

Media release - Release of Government response to Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study

Monday, 19 December 2016

Veterans can be assured that access to crucial support services will continue to be available throughout the Christmas and New Year period, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Simon Lewis said today.

Departmental media release

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 2 - No. 6 - December 2016 (DOCX 965KB)

Friday, 16 December 2016

A permanent Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will be established in the Northern Territory to ensure veterans continue to access the highest level of support.

Media release - Ensuring support for Northern Territory veterans

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Capricorn Veterans’ and Families Support Centre in Yeppoon would bring together support services under one roof to benefit the local veteran community.

Media release - Opening of Capricorn Veterans’ and Families Support Centre

Friday, 9 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today launched a free educational app about the First World War Battles of Fromelles and Pozières to mark their 100th anniversaries this year.

Media release - Interactive First World War app launched

Friday, 9 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Belgium authorities were funding a travelling exhibition of WWI artefacts as a sign of their deep appreciation of the service and sacrifice of Australian soldiers.

Media release - Belgium First World War exhibition tours Australia

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said information sessions in Townsville next week would address the services and support available to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) concerned about mefloquine.

Media release - DVA information sessions to be held in Townsville

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced four projects will share in more than $67,000 to commemorate Australia’s wartime heritage.

Media release - Local projects receive boost through major commemorative grants

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan praised the contribution of our female Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and veterans and called on all Australians to recognise their service and sacrifice.

Media release - Supporting female veterans and families

Monday, 5 December 2016

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan will visit Townsville later this week to discuss the incidence of suicide among current and former members of the ADF and hear ideas that will help shape a new landmark suicide prevention trial in the region.

Media release - Roundtable to discuss suicide prevention in Townsville

Friday, 2 December 2016

The Government will honour veterans in towns and cities around Australia with more than $530,000 in grants to ex-service organisations for community projects.

Media release - Supporting veterans and communities

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Government today released the most statistically robust data ever compiled into the prevalence of suicide among current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Media release - Preliminary results from study into veterans’ suicide

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Western Australian student has won the wartime experiences category of the National History Challenge (NHC) with a research essay on the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Media release - WA student wins National History Challenge

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Western Australians should visit the ‘Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience’ once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Australia’s involvement in the First World War that opens in Perth today.

Media release - The Spirit of Anzac comes to Perth

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians should today reflect on the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Parramatta II and the lives lost.

Media release - Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Parramatta II

Friday, 25 November 2016

Federal, state and territory governments have agreed to improve coordination on veterans’ issues and work more cooperatively on data improvement.

Media release

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The issue of veterans’ homelessness will be a focus of discussions when Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan hosts his state and territory counterparts in Canberra today and tomorrow.

Media release - Prioritising support for Australia's Veterans

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan said Australia remembered the service and sacrifice of the 645 crew of HMAS Sydney that sunk 75 years ago today.

Media release - 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Turnbull Government will ensure all Australian Defence Force Personnel (ADF) are ready for the opportunities of post-service life.

Joint media release - Supporting veteran employment opportunities

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Veterans’ Employment Program

1. Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

The Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment will develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans’ employment strategies into the recruitment practices of Australian business. The Committee will play a role in the broader promotion of the skills and professional attributes that veterans have to offer employers. Advisory Committee members will be known as “Veteran Employment Ambassadors”.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged all Australians on Remembrance Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have died in defence of our nation.

Media releaseRemembrance Day 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Government has released updated treatment information for wounds in innovative new formats to improve the healthcare of Australians.

Media release - New mobile resource for wound care

Monday, 7 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today praised the contribution of Australia’s ex-service organisations as he attended a BBQ hosted by Soldier On to raise funds for veterans.

Media release - Soldier On BBQ

Friday, 4 November 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide had been engaged to conduct research into homelessness in the veteran community.

Media release Understanding homelessness in the veteran community

Monday, 14 November 2016

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 2 - No. 5 - October 2016 (DOCX 1 MB)

Friday, 24 February 2017

View the PDF version of the Annual Reports 2015 - 16

Monday, 31 October 2016

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, and the historic charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

Media release - Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

Monday, 24 October 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Kaleen Primary School in Kaleen, ACT, was the National and ACT Primary School Winner and St Joseph’s College and Clonard College in Geelong, Victoria, shared the National and Victorian Secondary prize in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

Media release - Minister announces Anzac Day Schools’ Awards winners

Friday, 21 October 2016

If you are covering stories or running programs about Australia’s veterans and mental health issues during Veterans’ Health Week (22–30 October 2016), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs requests you include contact details for specialised counselling services and online resources for veterans where appropriate.

Note for Media - Veterans’ Health Reporting: Support for Veterans

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has encouraged serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and members of the ex-service community to take part in Veterans’ Health Week between 22 and 30 October.

Media release - Veterans’ Health Week 2016 – Social Connection

Friday, 21 October 2016

Veterans’ Health Week (22–30 October) is an opportunity for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, veterans, war widows, and their families to be pro-active about their physical and mental health.

Letter to the Editor - Veterans’ Health Week

Monday, 17 October 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War when a mission of eight veterans pay their respects at the battlefields of Kapyong and Maryang San next week to mark the 65th anniversaries.

Media release - Veteran mission to Republic of Korea

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, has called on the private sector to explore new pathways to provide veterans with employment opportunities.

Media release - Minister launches veterans’ training program

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Government has received the independent review conducted by KPMG into funding arrangements for the Camp Gallipoli Foundation following concerns raised earlier this year.

Media release - Review into Camp Gallipoli

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, today paid tribute to the families of Australia’s service men and women.

Media release - Vietnam War commemorative service

Monday, 26 September 2016

Australia honours the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the Battle of Polygon Wood on the 99th anniversary today.

Media release

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) passed by the Senate.

Media release - Appeals process simplified for veterans

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Veteran pension payments will increase from today, in line with indexation, for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia.

Media release - Increase to veteran pensions

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Two hands grasping each otherThe Department of Veterans’ Affairs has partnered with two consortiums, located in Sydney and Townsville, to conduct a 12 month pilot program to train ex-serving Australian Defence Force members as volunteer Peer Mentors to help their Peers suffering from a mental health condition.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has established a dedicated mefloquine support team for our serving and ex-serving community.

Media release - Addressing mefloquine concerns

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Government Response to the Senate Inquiry Report on the mental health of ADF members and veterans was tabled in the Senate today. The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, said the Government would increase mental health support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans.

Media release - Govt response to Senate Inquiry Report

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government had cut red tape which meant veterans’ claims would be processed faster. DVA has reduced the requirements for liability for five medical conditions, reducing the time taken to process around 600 claims a year.

Media release - Streamlined processing reduces red tape for veterans

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the nation honoured the service of more than 30,000 men and women who have participated in peacekeeping operations since 1947 on National Peacekeepers Day today.

Media release - Honouring Australian peacekeepers

Saturday, 10 September 2016

On World Suicide Prevention Day, my message to all serving Defence personnel and veterans is that help is available now and if you think you need it, or someone you know needs it - please ask for help.

Media releaseWorld Suicide Prevention Day

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Australians should today reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served in defence of our nation in the Pacific in 1942-43 during the Second World War as we commemorate the Battle for Australia Day.

Media releaseBattle for Australia Day

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Ex-service organisations will share more than $600,000 to enhance the lives of those in the veteran community.

Media release -Veterans’grants build community connection

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Merchant Navy Day today was an opportunity for the nation to honour the service and sacrifice of our merchant mariners.

Media release - Saluting the service of our merchant mariners

Friday, 2 September 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, launched the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition in Townsville today.

Mr Tehan said more than 15,000 tickets had already been booked to attend the free exhibit in Townsville that features more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial.

Media Release - Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience opens in Townsville

Friday, 2 September 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan praised the veterans who volunteer their time to support other veterans with mental health issues as he toured the Peer to Peer Support Network pilot program in Townsville today.

Media release - Praise for volunteer veterans supporting other veterans

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

On Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan paid tribute to the Australians who served in the post-Second World War campaigns.

Media Release - Honouring Malaya and Borneo veterans

Monday, 29 August 2016

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today paid tribute to Legacy for its important work supporting families of veterans.

Media releaseAustralians urged to support Legacy during annual appeal

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced 15 ex-service organisations would share in nearly $140,000 Grants in Aid funding in 2016–17

Media releaseDVA supports vibrant veteran networks

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today congratulated the winners of the Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans secondary schools’ competition.

Media release - Students honour Australian Vietnam veterans

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, today announced more than $4 million in Government funding for essential advice, advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers.

Media release Veterans helping veterans receive $4m boost

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Today is Vietnam Veterans’ Day when Australia honours the service and sacrifice of nearly 60,000 men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

Media release - Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Vietnamese Government has advised the Australian Government that it will not permit the ceremony to commemorate Vietnam Veteran’s Day at the Long Tan cross site at 15:30 on 18 August to proceed.

Media releaseCancellation of the 50th Anniversary Service at Long Tan

Monday, 15 August 2016

Today Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 71 years since the end of the Second World War.

Media releaseVictory in the Pacific Day

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The joint media release by Prime Minister, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Health & Aged Care.

The Turnbull Government will increase support for veterans and ADF members, including an employment initiative to support people moving from military service to civilian life.

Joint media release - Government supports veterans and ADF personnel

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation, an undeclared conflict fought mainly along the Malaysian-Indonesian frontier on the island of Borneo from 1963-1966.

Media release - 50th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan will recommend 10 soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Tan be awarded a military honour or have their existing honour upgraded.

Media release - Military awards for Long Tan veterans

Monday, 25 July 2016

We stand here at the memorial to our fallen soldiers to remember.

To remember our loss and pay tribute to its legacy.

Media Release - Minister Tehan’s commemoration service for the Battle of Pozières

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of Australian soldiers involved in the Battle of Lone Pine 101 years ago today.

Planned as a diversion to draw Turkish forces away from the major objectives of the August offensive on Gallipoli, the Battle of Lone Pine resulted in some 2,200 Australians being killed or wounded while the Turkish forces suffered more than 6,000 casualties.

Media release - Remembering the Battle of Lone Pine

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Australians will honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women during the Vietnam War at nationwide commemorative services this month.

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August — which is also Vietnam Veterans Day — will be the centrepiece of commemorations honouring Australia’s Vietnam War veterans.

Media Release - Commemorative Program for Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Australian Government will provide travel assistance to Australia’s Long Tan veterans who travel to Vietnam to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle on 18 August.

Media Release - Assistance for Long Tan veterans returning to Vietnam on 18 August 2016

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The commemorative service planned for 6 August at Lone Pine, Gallipoli will not proceed.

Turkish authorities have asked the Australian Government to reconsider holding the service on 6 August, 2016 and, following consultation between our governments, the service will not be held.

Media Release - Lone Pine service at Gallipoli

Monday, 11 July 2016

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and many Australians will attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Australians should pause and remember those who served in the Korean War and post armistice period on today’s 63rd anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Some 18,000 Australians served in Korea, including during the post-armistice period, with more than 350 Australians losing their lives and some 1,500 wounded.

Media Release - Korean Veterans' Day

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Today Australia remembers the sacrifice made by Australian servicemen on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières.

The Battle of Pozières (23 July, 1916 to 3 September, 1916) saw three Australian Divisions capture and hold the village of Pozières and from there launch 19 attacks.

Media Release - 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières

Friday, 22 July 2016

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, will today lay a wreath at the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium in honour of Australian soldiers who died in the First World War.

Media Release - Honouring Australia’s missing soldiers at Menin Gate

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP honoured the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles.

Media release - Minister Tehan's Speech at VC Corner Cemetery for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP honoured the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles.

Media release VA052 - Minister Tehan's Speech at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Hon Dan Tehan MP has been reappointed as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.

Media Release - Minister Tehan reappointed Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Australia will honour the service and sacrifice of our First World War soldiers this week at the centenary commemorations for the battles of Fromelles and Pozières.

Media release - Australia to honour the 100th Anniversary of Western Front Battles

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine will be a significant event and provides Australians with a further opportunity to visit the Gallipoli Peninsula and Turkey during 2015. 

On 6 August 2015 the Australian Government will conduct a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the August Offensive at the Lone Pine Cemetery on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Ballarat today. Residents of the region are encouraged to visit this once-in-a-lifetime experience, which features more than 200 artefacts usually housed at the Australian War Memorial.

Friday, 8 April 2016

International collaboration between Australian, New Zealand and Turkish experts has produced the first extensive archaeological and historical survey of the Gallipoli battlefield, with findings published by Cambridge University Press.

Media release - Secrets of the Gallipoli battlefield revealed

Friday, 8 April 2016

Veterans and the wider community today paused to remember the courage and ingenuity of the famous ‘Rats of Tobruk’ on the 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk.

Media Release - Remembering the Rats of Tobruk 75 years on

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Australia remembers its soldiers who fought and died in the First World War Battle of Fromelles one hundred years ago today.

Media release Australia commemorates 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Today’s repatriation of 33 Australians, including 25 servicemen and eight dependants, will help bring closure to their families and the country, said Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan.

Media release Joint media release – Repatriation of Australians will help bring closure

Friday, 13 May 2016

Australia’s Vietnam War veterans will be honoured with a series of commemorative events this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Media release - Australia commemorates Vietnam War veterans on 50th anniversary of Battle of Long Tan

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