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Media Release The Hon Warren Snowdon MP The Hon Harry Jenkins MP

Friday, 16 March 2012 VA020

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES BATTLE OF THE BISCUIT

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today joined Member for Scullin, Harry Jenkins, to test their Anzac biscuit baking skills with a class of year 5 and 6 students at Diamond Creek East Primary School in Melbourne.

Using a recipe based on the one developed in the First World War by the wives and mothers of Australian soldiers, Mr Snowdon was shown the ropes by the champion biscuit bakers who took the top honours for a Victorian primary school in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Day Schools’ Awards in 2011.

“Anzac Day is one of the most significant days in the Australian calendar, and it’s important that school children - and all Australians - understand the history and continuing relevance of the occasion,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Baking Anzac biscuits isn’t just about making a delicious treat. It provides an opportunity to learn about the history around them and the Anzac tradition that has shaped Australia for almost a century,” he said.

Mr Jenkins said that taking part in the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards gave students an opportunity to look at innovative ways of learning about Australia’s wartime history.

“The Anzac Day Schools’ Awards is an important program allowing students to research the history of the names that appear on their school roll of honour, to plan an Anzac Day ceremony, produce photo essays or murals, putting on a music or theatrical performance, or making a historical movie,” Mr Jenkins said.

“I encourage all schools to take part in this year’s awards, and to share their ideas for commemorating Anzac Day on the DVA Facebook page: DVAAus.

From next week schools across the country will also be sent this year’s Anzac Day posters which focus on the 70th anniversary of significant events in Second World War for Australians - the bombing of Darwin and the Kokoda Campaign.

The posters are distributed widely, including to schools, local government, aged care facilities and ex-service organisations.

DVA also produces a range of education materials to help students learn about our wartime heritage.

For more information about Anzac Day in general, this year’s posters and the range of education resources available, visit the DVA website: www.dva.gov.au/anzac.

For pictures of today’s biscuit baking challenge, please email the DVA media team on dvamedia@dva.gov.au.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Lidija Ivanovski 0407108 935 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203