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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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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…]


Greens Accuse Howard Of Partisan Political Behaviour Over Anzac Iraq Visit

The Australian Greens claim John Howard should have taken Mark Latham to Iraq as part of his Anzac Day visit.

Senator Bob Brown said Anzac Day should be above politics. [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…]


Baghdad Visit: As Goes Bush, So Goes Howard … Again

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has attended an Anzac Day Dawn Service in Baghdad, joining with about 90 Australian air traffic controllers, 90 Army personnel and 53 soldiers.

As President George W. Bush did on Thanksgiving Day last year, Howard’s trip to Iraq was executed in secret. [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…]