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PM should announce a dedicated Campaign Medal to recognise Australian troops in Iraq.



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Graham Edwards MP Federal Member for Cowan Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Defence

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Prime Minister John Howard should mark Anzac Day 2004 by announcing a dedicated Campaign Medal to recognise Australian troops who have been deployed to war in the Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Prime Minister has been to England, America and has hosted the American President in Australia. On each of those occasions the Prime Minister has been keen to receive plaudits relating to the very professional and courageous service that our troops have given.

Anzac Day this year would be a fitting time to pass those plaudits onto to those who have done most to earn them - members of the Australian Defence Forces.

Both the British and American forces have had their service recognised with the striking of a Campaign Medal.

The men and women of Australia’s Defence Forces, who have done so much to further the spirit of Anzac, deserve to have their service recognised in the same way.

The Prime Minister should heed the lessons following Vietnam and understand that recognition delayed is recognition denied.

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