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The Territory remembers war veterans and their families.



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Media Release SENATOR GRANT TAMBLING   Monday 24 April 2000

The Territory Remembers War Veterans And Their Families Northern Territory Senator Grant Tambling today remembered the Territory’s war veterans, as ANZAC Day commemorations from Alice Springs to Nhulunbuy brought together our ex-servicemen and women and their families.

"We have in the Territory war veterans who have served in military engagements ranging from the First World War to the most recent peacekeeping mission to East Timor, and today is their special day when Australians give thanks to their efforts and sacrifices in war," said Senator Tambling.

"But at the same time, let us not forget the difficulties their families and loved ones had to face while servicemen and women have been in action overseas."

The Northern Territory is currently home to 4700 Defence personnel at sites in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs. The most recent military engagement in East Timor saw 5500 Australian personnel sent across the Strait to assist in the troubled territory’s transition from Indonesian to independent rule.

While the INTERFET mission commanded by Major General Peter Cosgrove has been successfully completed, the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment departed for East Timor earlier this month to replace the returning 5th/7th Battalion which had been deployed in the western border areas.

The 6th Battalion is expected to serve with the United Nations’ UNTAET mission until October this year.

"As a result of the East Timor mission, we now have a great many more veterans in the Northern Territory, and personnel which is continuing to serve Australia even now. We owe our deepest thanks to all of them - from everyone who has served as part of that deployment, leaving behind family and loved ones in Australia, right back to the survivors of the trenches of WWI," said Senator Tambling.

"I hope all Territorians join with me in expressing my most heartfelt gratitude to all Territorians who have served on behalf of their country."

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Media contact: Melissa Baldwin at Senator Tambling’s office - 08 8981 3567