Bishop And Ronaldson Speak At Gallipoli And Villers-Brettonneux ANZAC Services

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and the Special Minister of State, Senator Michael Ronaldson, have delivered speeches at ANZAC Day services overseas.

Villers-Brettonneux

Ronaldson, who is also the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, spoke at the Gallipoli Dawn Service and the Lone Pine Service, in Turkey.

Bishop spoke at the Dawn Service at Villers-Brettonneux, in France. [Read more...]


General Peter Cosgrove Reportedly Abbott’s Choice For Next Governor-General

Retired General Peter Cosgrove is to be Australia’s next Governor-General, according to a report in today’s edition of The Australian.

CosgroveCosgrove has been rumoured to be the choice of Prime Minister Tony Abbott for some time. Whilst the newspaper says Abbott refused to comment on its report, the news comes as no real surprise.

The newspaper says the appointment will be announced at the end of January.

The current Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, has held the position since September 5, 2008 and will retire in March. Her 5-year appointment was extended by six months by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, due to the proximity of the federal election.

Cosgrove will be Australia’s 26th Governor-General since 1901. The last Governor-General with a military background was Bryce’s predecessor, Major-General Michael Jeffery. [Read more...]


2012 ANZAC Day Speeches

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has delivered ANZAC Day speeches at Gallipoli.

Minister Warren Snowdon spoke at ceremonies at Villers-Brettoneux in France.

Julia Gillard

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Kevin Rudd’s Remembrance Day Address

This is the text of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Commemorative Address at the Remembrance Day Service, held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

ANZAC Bridge StatueFellow Australians, friends of Australia, Veterans of Australia:

90 years ago today, the great guns fell silent.

After fours years of bloodshed, the battlefields were silent.

Great empires had been broken.

Millions, millions lay dead.

Among them, sixty thousand Australian heroes whose final resting place will forever be foreign soil.

And then there were the wounded a further one hundred and fifty thousand whose bodies and minds were to be forever scarred by the horrors of war.

And all this from a country of some four millions.

The scale of the carnage; the new ways of killing on an almost industrial scale; the tiny pieces of land over which so much blood was spilt; the sheer, stark horror of life and death in the trenches made all peoples hope that this could never happen again. [Read more...]


Defence Minister Nelson’s Address at the Gallipoli Dawn Service

The Minister for Defence, Brendan Nelson, has represented the Australian government at the Dawn Service at Gallipoli, in Turkey.

In his address, Nelson said: “At this hour ninety two years ago, ANZACs were on the cusp of giving our nation its identity and place in the world, not only by what they would do here, but how they would do it.”

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This is the text of Defence Minister Brendan Nelson’s Address at the Dawn Service at Gallipoli, Turkey.

Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free.

Our anthem is a national epitaph to those whose sacrifice in peace and war, gave us that freedom.

Family epitaphs to the dead, in so few words, say so much – of love, life, loss and us. [Read more...]


Robert Hill: Anzac Day Speech At Lone Pine

This is the text of the speech delivered at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill.

Speech by Defence Minister Robert Hill at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

HillWe gather at this now peaceful spot to honour all those who served and those who never returned from battlefields like these. On this day we remember the loss of so many Australians and the grief that their deaths caused in so many homes.

Lone Pine has a special place in the hearts of Australians. At this place some of the harshest fighting of the Gallipoli campaign took place. Given a near impossible task, the ANZACs managed to capture this position, though at a dreadful cost.

The attack tied up significant Turkish forces and incidentally helped our friends from New Zealand who were attempting to take Chunuk Bair, just a few kilometres north of here. [Read more...]


Hill Lauds Commitment As 13,000 Attend Anzac Service At Gallipoli

This is the text of a doorstop interview held by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

Interview with Senator Robert Hill at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

JOURNALIST:

Senator Hill, the Government puts out a travel warning and 12,000 – 13,000 Australians and New Zealanders turn up, what’s your response to that? [Read more...]