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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on the Queensland veteran community to help spread the important message about the mental health support available to former Australian Defence Force personnel.

Media release - Addressing Queensland RSL State Congress

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has paid tribute to the late Hon Con Sciacca, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs from 1994-1996, who passed away today.

Media release - Vale Con Sciacca

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced 62 community projects honouring Australia’s servicemen and women would receive more than $140,000 in Australian Government funding.

Media release - Funding for community commemorative projects

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

It is an honour to announce the Australian team for the 2017 Invictus Games.

Media release - Announcement of the 2017 Australian Invictus Games Team

Monday, 19 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that the Governor-General had reappointed four Senior Members of the Veterans’ Review Board. The four members are Colonel Evan Carlin, Colonel Craig McConaghy SC, Dr Peter Salu and Group Captain Anne Trengove.

Media release - Senior members of Veterans’ Review Board reappointed

Monday, 19 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has encouraged veterans to nominate to receive support to attend the commemorations of the Battles of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads to be held in Canberra later this year.

Media release - Seeking nominations from veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Rehabilitation Aids and Appliances Program (RAP)

The RAP National Schedule of Equipment lists aids and appliances that may assist entitled persons with their daily living activities as part of the overall management of their health care. The items listed on the Schedule fall into the following broad categories:

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said more than 1,000 jobs flagged as suitable for veterans had been advertised on the Government’s jobactive website as part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Media release - More than 1,000 jobs for veterans flagged

Friday, 16 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan and the Belgium Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Jean-Luc Bodson, planted an oak tree in the grounds of the Belgium Embassy in Canberra today in memory of the Australian soldiers who fought in Belgium in the First World War.

Media release - Belgium oak planting ceremony

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today called on surviving participants of the British Nuclear Test (BNT) program in Australia and veterans who served as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) to register for free health care.

Media release - Government passes Gold Cards for BCOF and BNT veterans’ legislation

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men who served in Bomber Command as a commemorative service is held today to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation commencing.

Media release - 75th anniversary of Bomber Command

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC had been reappointed as the Repatriation Commissioner for a period of two years.

Media release - Repatriation Commissioner reappointed

Monday, 29 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today honoured Australia’s contribution to global peacekeeping efforts on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Media release - Honouring Peacekeepers

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mr Tehan said Reconciliation Week 2017, which starts today, was an opportunity to reflect on the contribution Indigenous men and women have made to Australia’s military history.

Media release - Honouring Indigenous veterans during Reconciliation Week

Friday, 26 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today congratulated the 37 students from across Australia who will receive financial support towards their post-secondary education as recipients of a Long Tan Bursary.

Media release - Long Tan Bursary recipients announced

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan is calling for nominations from Australian veterans who served in the Battles of Milne Bay, and Kokoda and the Beachheads to attend the commemorations for the 75th anniversaries of the battles.

Media release - Honouring the veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government had provided more money for mental health services and improving claims processing times after listening to the New South Wales veteran community.

Media release - Addressing the RSL NSW Annual State Congress

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) living in Tasmania would benefit from the Government’s additional investment in mental health services.

Media release - Minister addresses RSL Tasmania Annual State Congress

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the $166.6 million provided in this year’s Budget to implement the first stage of modernising the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) processes and IT system would improve client satisfaction with DVA as results of the 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey were released today.

Media release - 2016 Client Satisfaction Survey results support client centric reform

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Government will expand the range of mental health conditions current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members can seek treatment for on a non-liability basis as part of the 2017–18 Budget.

Media release - Mental health support for veterans and their families, and medical coverage for veterans of nuclear testing

Monday, 8 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would reflect on the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marked the end of the Second World War hostilities in Europe.

Media release - Victory in Europe remembered 72 years on

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said veterans could now claim up to $1,000 reimbursement for medical expenses when they have applied to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) or the Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) review process.

Media release - Increased reimbursement for medical expenses

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced $4.25 million for a grants program to support younger veterans.

Media release - Supporting Younger Veterans Grants

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would remember the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea on its 75th anniversary today.

Media release - 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Monday, 1 May 2017

On May 4 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, which has been called, “the battle that saved Australia”.

Letter to the EditorLetter to the Editor

Monday, 1 May 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affair Dan Tehan today announced more than $150,000 would be provided to community projects around the country that commemorate Australia’s wartime heritage.

Media release - Saluting Their Service commemorative grants announced

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs today paid tribute to the Australians who fought and died at the Battle of Bullecourt as he attended a commemoration service to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle.

Media release - The Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Australians have honoured the sacrifice of our service men and women at hundreds of Anzac Day ceremonies today throughout the country and around the world.

Media release - Australians commemorate Anzac Day

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on Anzac Day Australians would stop, pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation and our values.

Media release - Anzac Day 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today encouraged Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who fought in one of the decisive battles of the Korean War.

Media release - Remembering the Battle of Kapyong

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today inaugurated the Australian Poppy Garden in Zonnebeke, Belgium, as part of the Passchendaele Memorial Garden project.

Media release - The Australian Poppy Garden opens in Passchendaele

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today officially re-opened the extensively refurbished Franco-Australian Museum at Villers-Bretonneux in France, in company with the local Mayor, Mr Patrick Simon.

Media release - Franco-Australian Museum re-opens in Villers-Bretonneux

Monday, 24 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Government was helping amputee veterans play sport and lead a more active life.

Media release Enhanced program helps veterans get back to sport

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Anzac Day can be a deeply emotional time for Australia’s veterans and their families and some may find this time of year difficult.

As you cover stories and run programs about Australia’s military history, and its impact on Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs requests you include, where appropriate, contact details for specialised counselling services and online resources for veterans.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has today called for greater understanding of the service and sacrifice of Australia’s female veterans.

Media release - Recognising female veterans

Friday, 14 April 2017

The time taken to process certain claims for veterans has fallen dramatically thanks to the Government’s investment in updating claims processing systems, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan announced today.

Media release - Modernising rehabilitation and compensation systems delivers benefits to veterans

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Australian Government has received information to suggest terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Turkish authorities are aware of this information and traditionally provide a high level of protective security around Anzac Day commemorations on the peninsula.

Media release - Threat to Anzac Day commemorations in Turkey

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has broadened the use of statutory declarations as evidence in compensation claims for incidence of sexual and or physical abuse.

Media release - Changes to assessing claims of sexual abuse in the ADF

Friday, 31 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has said business leaders on the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment had an important job developing strategies that would help veterans find meaningful employment as the committee met for the first time in Sydney today.

Media release - First meeting of Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment

Friday, 31 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that 55 community projects honouring Australia’s wartime history would receive more than $145,000 in funding.

Media release - Local community commemorative projects receive a boost

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Government will make the development of strategies to support former members of the Australian Defence Force who are under 30 and have recently left the military a priority.

Media release - Government action on NMHC review

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Government has launched a digital advertising campaign to inform current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) about accessing free treatment for five mental health conditions.

Media release - Promoting mental health support for our veterans

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Improvements to the Government’s jobactive website are helping veterans find work.

Media release - Enhanced support for veterans’ employment

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today launched a children’s book series that supports children from military and emergency service families living with a parent who has a mental health condition.

Media release - Launch of educational book about mental health for children

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Government today received the National Mental Health Commission’s (NMHC) review of suicide and self-harm services for veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Media releaseGovernment welcomes NMHC review into veterans’ mental health

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan is calling for descendants of Indigenous Australian soldiers who took part in the Battle of Beersheba and the Sinai-Palenstine campaign to take part in an oral history project.

Media releaseSeeking descendants of Indigenous ‘Diggers’ of the Australian Light Horse

Monday, 27 March 2017

Veteran pension payments have increased in line with the biannual indexation process.

Media releaseVeterans pensions set to increase

Monday, 27 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians can register to attend the 100th anniversary commemoration service for the Battle of Polygon Wood later this year.

Media releaseCommemorations for centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said every school in Australia would receive books and posters to educate students about Australia’s wartime history and commemorate Anzac Day.

Media release - Anzac Day resources for schools

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon. Dan Tehan and Treasurer the Hon. Scott Morrison today officially launched the Turnbull Government’s $2.1 million pilot support program for children of veterans with mental health issues, run by the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation.

Media release - Government launches $2.1m program to support children of veterans with mental health issues

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs office in Townsville is not closing.

Media release - DVA services for Townsville veterans ongoing

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Eight students from across Australia have earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Anzac Day commemorative services in France and Belgium after being awarded the prestigious Simpson Prize.

Media releaseStudents investigate Australia’s history

Friday, 17 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan outlined how the Digital Readiness Bill would provide stronger protections for veterans’ privacy at the RSL ACT conference in Canberra today.

Media release - Improving current provisions for veterans’ privacy

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Vietnamese Government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.

Media release - Decision on Long Tan Cross site commemorations

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan was encouraged by progress on how to further improve mental health support for veterans and their families at the National Advisory Committee for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) meeting held in Canberra.

Media releaseVeterans to benefit from improved mental health support

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced the appointment of George Frazis as Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Media releaseVeterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said Australians planning to visit the Long Tan Cross site in Vietnam for Anzac Day commemorations should be aware of the current situation.

Media release2017 Anzac Day commemorations in Vietnam

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said improvements to an online resource for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) would better help them manage stress.

Media releaseImproved self-help resource available

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians should pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served on the HMAS Perth, which was sunk at the Battle of the Sunda Strait, during the Second World War, on this day 75 years ago.

Media release75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A word version of this provider newsletter is available: Volume 3 - No.1 - February 2017  (DOCX 730 KB)

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

Friday, 23 June 2017

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.

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