EXPERTS DISCOVER GALLIPOLI BATTLEFIELD CLUES

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 

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.
The Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey (JHAS) study used non-invasive, advanced mapping, and GPS technology which records positions accurate to within 15 centimetres.

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COMMEMORATING AUSTRALIA’S PEACEKEEPERS

Sunday, 14 September 2014  

COMMEMORATING AUSTRALIA’S PEACEKEEPERS

 

Today, 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.

Since Australia’s commitment to the first United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in September 1947, Australian military, police and civilians have been undertaking peace operations worldwide. More than 30,000 Australians have served on more than 60 United Nationsand other multilateral peacekeeping operationssince 1947.

Australia’s peacekeeping efforts have been ongoing since 1947.  More than 3,500 Australians are currently serving in peace and security operations, including our continuous participation in the Middle East and Cyprus.

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NEW INITIATIVE LINKING INJURED VETERANS TO EMPLOYMENT

Friday, 12 September 2014 

NEW INITIATIVE LINKING INJURED VETERANS TO EMPLOYMENT

 

Recognising the unique nature of military service, I am pleased to announce a new trial initiative that will help wounded, injured or ill veterans achieve employment opportunities as part of their recovery. 

As a nation, we owe a great debt to the men and women who have served in our Defence Force.  It is incumbent upon us to do everything we can to facilitate the rehabilitation of those who have been injured and to help them transition to post service employment.

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REMARKS AT THE BITA PAKA COMMEMORATIVE EVENT

Thursday, 11 September 2014

  REMARKS AT THE BITA PAKA COMMEMORATIVE EVENT

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.
It was a sign of the times that this far-flung colonial outpost, of questionable strategic importance to the land war raging on the other side of the world, was to be the first place where Australians would fight and die during the First World War.
Those who came ashore here 100 years ago today could not have imagined the horror of war.

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AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ACTION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR REMEMBERED

Thursday, 11 September 2014

  AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ACTION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR REMEMBERED

 

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

The Battle of Bita Paka was fought on 11 September 1914.  Five Australian sailors and one soldier, a medical officer, lost their lives.  We remember those who were killed, and we remember those who were left behind to mourn their loss. These men paid the ultimate sacrifice in a successful campaign to prevent a German fleet from dominating the Pacific and threatening Allied shipping.

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AUSTRALIANS SHARING COMMEMORATIVE EXPERIENCES ONLINE

Thursday, 11 September 2014 

AUSTRALIANS SHARING COMMEMORATIVE EXPERIENCES ONLINE

  Today, I am pleased to launch the Anzac Centenary Facebook Photo app to help Australians to get involved in the Anzac Centenary from anywhere in the world.

During the Centenary of Anzac, we mark a century of service and sacrifice, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.  The Centenary will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and the Government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate.

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BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA DAY 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA DAY 2014

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

This day of remembrance recognises the sacrifice of those who served on the home front in Australia, and of those who fought on land, air and sea in battles in the Coral Sea, Papua and New Guinea between 1942 and 1945.

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REMEMBERING OUR MERCHANT MARINERS

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

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.

Their service during the Second World War is especially significant today as we also mark the 75th anniversary of the start of Australia’s involvement in the war.

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GREATER ACCESS TO HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH FACEBOOK

Monday, 18 August 2014 

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).

“The VVCS is at the frontline of mental health and wellbeing support for the veteran community and provides counselling and group programs for veterans and their family members,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Combined with the recently launched VVCS Website, a VVCS Facebook presence provides an additional pathway for members of the veteran community and their families to connect to this important support service. 

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CUTTING RED TAPE FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Thursday, 21 August 2014   

CUTTING RED TAPE FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

Current serving ADF members, including Reservists, who hold a purple ADF ID card will benefit from a new DVA and Defence move to reduce red tape in the claims application process, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson announced today.

Senator Ronaldson said that from 1 September 2014, ADF members will be able use their purple ADF ID Card to prove their identity for the purposes of making a DVA claim. 

“The new arrangement means a claim can commence from the point of first contact. It will streamline the current 100 point identity verification process, speeding up the process for both clients and staff.”

“This initiative recognises the unique nature of military service and demonstrates the Government’s ongoing efforts to cut red tape for veterans and their families.”

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