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Labor exposes Turnbull Government's sneaky cut to Lone Pine Commemoration



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DAVID FEENEY MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR DEFENCE SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

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LABOR EXPOSES TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S SNEAKY CUT TO LONE PINE COMMEMORATION

Last week, as Stuart Robert’s disgrace culminated in his resignation from the Veterans’ Affair portfolio, the Turnbull Government sneakily announced the scrapping of the annual Lone Pine Commemorative Service.

The Battle of Lone Pine was an integral part of the Anzac campaign and the annual service remains a cornerstone of our commemoration of this bloody chapter in our nation’s history. The axing of this ceremony is particularly insensitive during this period of Centenary remembrances.

I had the great honour of attending the Lone Pine service last year, laying a wreath to commemorate those Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice.

At that moment, I was surrounded by thousands of the other Australians who had made the trek and braved the conditions in recognition of the site’s significance.

Without a compelling security reason, it would be a disgrace to deny other Australians the opportunity to honour that sacrifice.

The announcement came as a huge blow to the veterans’ community and the Australian public, with many voicing their outrage over the weekend.

This decision, made without consultation and during the chaos surrounding Start Robert’s resignation, is just another example of how out of touch the Turnbull Government is on veterans’ matters.

Responding to community pressure, the incoming Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has now said that he will review the decision to scrap the Long Pine service.

While this is certainly welcome news, the atrocious flip flopping on such an important issue could and should have been avoided from the beginning.

MONDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2016

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