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Minister meets southern Fleurieu Peninsula veterans.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

M i n i s t e r f o r V e t e r a n s ’ A f f a i r s

M i n i s t e r A s s i s t i n g t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e

T H E H O N. D E - A N N E K E L L Y B E M P

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6277 7820 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4140

VA001 Monday 17 January 2005

MINISTER MEETS SOUTHERN FLEURIEU PENINSULA VETERANS

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, today visited Victor Harbor to discuss issues affecting veterans and war widows in the region.

Mrs Kelly attended informal meetings with representatives of the ex-service community at the Victor Harbor RSL and the McCracken Country Club.

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting members of the veteran community in Victor Harbor and finding out first hand about the views and concerns of veterans and their families in this area,” she said.

“I am keen to meet as many veterans as possible all over the country, especially those living in regional areas. Each person I meet gives me a greater insight into veterans’ issues and ways in which the Government can continue to deliver high quality services to the veteran community.”

Mrs Kelly also acknowledged the vital role played by ex-service organisations in working with the Government to meet the needs of veterans, war widows and their families.

“While in Victor Harbor I’ve had a chance to meet with members of a number of ex-service organisations, representing a diverse range of veterans and war widows,” she said.

Mrs Kelly said she looked forward to building strong relationships with all ex-service organisations at a local, state and national level.

“Australians hold great respect and affection for the veteran community and this Government is committed to ensuring that this group of special Australians continue to receive the care and support expected by the Australian community,” she said.

Media contact: Owen Montgomery 0419 484 856