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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1139

Senator DEVLIN —My question is directed to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs. The seventieth anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli is to be celebrated on Anzac Day, 25 April. Will the Minister outline whether any events have been organised to celebrate this most historical and important event, either in Australia or overseas?

Senator GIETZELT —It is true that a week tomorrow will be the seventieth anniversary of the landing of the Australian, British, Indian and New Zealand contingent at Gallipoli in Turkey upon which the Anzac tradition was developed. There is no doubt that in the intervening 70 years there have been many misgivings about that landing and the tragedy of the war. However, this was, nevertheless, Australia's first major involvement in that part of southern Europe.

Celebrations will be conducted by the Turkish Government to commemorate the landing. Celebrations will also be conducted in Australia by the Australian Government to pay tribute to the sacrifices that were made during that part of World War I. I have been honoured to be invited by the Turkish Government to represent Australia at various ceremonies in Turkey. The Turkish Government has taken steps to have part of Gallipoli renamed Anzac Cove. A whole number of events will be held prior to Anzac Day. I will be accompanied by a number of Gallipoli veterans, some of whose fares will be paid by the Australian Government. The highlight of the ceremonies in Turkey will be Australia's representation at a military ceremony during which that part of Gallipoli will be renamed Anzac Cove.

A ceremony will be held in Anzac Parade, Canberra, for the naming of the Ataturk Memorial Centre. A garden includes a commemoration to the Anzac sentiments. There will also be a ceremony on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin to name that part Gallipoli Reach. A ceremony will be held in Western Australia in the Albany Council chambers to unveil a plaque marking the renaming of the entrance to Princess Royal Harbour after Ataturk and to commemorate the Anzac tradition. I understand that the Commonwealth will be having a special luncheon in Melbourne for the surviving veterans of Gallipoli. Both Turkey and Australia will be commemorating the seventieth anniversary in a fitting way.