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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Brigadier John Deighton AM MC (Ret’d) as they mourn the passing of a gallant man with three decades of service as a soldier.

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, has congratulated the War Widows’ Guild of Australia on its 70th Anniversary.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Hobart today.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

It is with sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of renowned war artist correspondent Anthony (Tony) Rafty OAM who passed away late last week, just days short of his 100th birthday. 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Tackling the mental health challenges faced by veterans and their families is a priority for the Australian Government, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, said today during an address to the RSL WA Branch Annual State Congress.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, together with local Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, today attended the dedication of the new Coronet Bay War Memorial and met with local veterans in Melbourne’s south east.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Australian War Memorial today dedicated a statue, Elevation of the Senses, to a team that has helped save many Australian lives in theatres of war around the world – Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) and their handlers.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially launched today in Launceston. The interactive experience includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Three First World War graves in the Birr Cross Roads Cemetery in Belgium will be rededicated today, finally commemorating by name three Australian soldiers who died in the First World War. 

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions from 20 September 2015 as part of the bi-annual indexation process.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Right Mix website has been enhanced to provide better support for veterans and serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members in order to help them manage their alcohol consumption, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said today.

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Funding applications for initiatives that recognise the contribution of Australian servicemen and women who served our country during the Vietnam conflict are now open.

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Monday, 14 September 2015

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

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Friday, 11 September 2015

The creative talents of Victoria’s ex-service community will be celebrated at today’s official launch of the 2015 Victorian Veteran Community Story Writing and Art Competition (SWAC) exhibition.

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, released a free mobile phone app to help serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deal with suicidal thoughts.

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Friday, 4 September 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, in the Albury-Wodonga region. The travelling exhibition is highly interactive and includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

On this day 76 years ago, then Australian Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced the beginning of Australia’s involvement in the Second World War. On the same day, Britain, France and New Zealand declared war on Germany. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Seven Second World War veterans who served in, or directly supported, the New Guinea campaigns from the Battle for Wau in January 1943 onwards, will travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

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Friday, 28 August 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, encouraged Australians to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of those who fought in post-Second World War conflicts in the Malaya and Borneo regions. 

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Friday, 28 August 2015

The High Res website, which helps veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force manage the unique mental stresses of military service was launched today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon. Stuart Robert MP.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A new Anzac Memorial was unveiled at Deception Bay by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson and Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP. 

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Fifty years on from the deployment of 1RAR to South Vietnam and the beginning of Australia’s combat role in the Vietnam War, the Australian Government is proud to launch a dedicated one-off grants sub-programme to help the community recognise the contribution of Australian servicemen and women who served our country during the Vietnam conflict.  

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced a one-off school competition to honour Australia’s Vietnam veterans.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

On Vietnam Veterans’ Day, Australians pause to remember the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Vietnam War.  

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

The 70th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific will be commemorated around Australia today at special commemorative ceremonies, before a special celebratory dinner in Brisbane tonight.

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