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Long Tan Commemoration: Cosgrove And Turnbull Pay Tribute On 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam Battle

The Governor-General and the Prime Minister have each spoken at the 50th anniversary commemoration service of Long Tan.

The service was held in Canberra this morning. It commemorated the 50th anniversary of the battle at Long Tan on August 18, 1966. Eighteen Australian soldiers from the 1st Australian Task Froce were killed and twenty-four wounded in the conflict. It is estimated that the Viet Cong lost at least 245 soldiers.

Cosgrove

The battle took place near a rubber plantation. There were 105 soldiers involved, including a contingent from New Zealand.

In his speech, the Governor-General, who served in Vietnam, drew attention to the treatment meted out to Vietnam veterans at the time and since. He lamented that even veterans organisations did not respond well to the service of Australian soldiers in the controversial war. [Read more…]


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…]


Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Speech To The National ANZAC Day Service

Tony Abbott has delivered his first prime ministerial address to a National ANZAC Day service.

Abbott spoke in Canberra at the War Memorial service on the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Abbott

Abbott said Gallipoli “was but one campaign in a four year war” that “still casts its shadow over the wider world”. [Read more…]


Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day Address

This is the text and audio of former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day Address at the Australian War Memorial.

Keating

The Address was delivered on the 20th anniversary of Keating’s speech at the Funeral Service of the Unknown Soldier. [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

  • Listen to Gillard’s speech at the Dawn Service at Gallipoli (6m)
  • Listen to Gillard’s speech at Lone Pine, Gallipoli (6m)
  • Listen to Snowdon’s speech at Villers-Brettoneux (9m)

Governor-General Quentin Bryce’s ANZAC Day Address


Shell-Shocked: Rudd Ruminates On Australia And War

Shell-Shocked: Australia After Armistice - an exhibition of the National Archives of Australia, CanberraShell-Shocked: Australia After Armistice, an exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, has been opened by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

The exhibition contains a selection of war records about the end of World War I, and how the Australian community dealt with the war’s after-effects.

Rudd mused on “what it is about ANZAC … which so moves the Australian mind and plumbs the depths of the Australian soul?” The answer is made up of many things, Rudd said, including the “grand narrative” of nations which resort to war.” But in Australia’s case, “it is the sheer dimension of the sign up”.

This is the text of Kevin Rudd’s Address at the National Archives:

What is it about this extraordinary conflict which so animates the Australian mind and so animates the Australian soul? We are all shaped by our own experiences and I am no different to anyone else in this room. [Read more…]


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.”

  • Listen to Nelson’s Dawn Service Address (6m)

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…]


Governor-General Michael Jeffery’s ANZAC Day Address

There is a need for people to “get back to the fundamental philosophy of what a worthwhile life is all about”, according to the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery.

Delivering the ANZAC Day Address at the War Memorial in Canberra, Jeffery said “a spirit of service before self” epitomises what “our ex-servicement and women intrinsically believed in and fought for”.

Jeffery also said the security of the nation is the “primary responsibility” and warned against running down the defence forces. [Read more…]