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Protecting the unique meaning of Anzac.



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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Media Release

VA007 Wednesday 4 February 2004

PROTECTING THE UNIQUE MEANING OF ANZAC

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Danna Vale, said she recognised the importance of the word 'Anzac' to the veteran and wider Australian community and supported the Victorian RSL in their views on the use of the word as a child's name.

The Protection of Word 'Anzac' Regulations were created in 1921, in recognition of the importance of the word to Australians and the deep and enduring interest of the ex_service and wider community in ensuring that it is not used inappropriately.

The Regulations prohibit, without the authority of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the use of the word 'Anzac' or any similar word for any commercial purpose. There are also restrictions on the use of the word 'Anzac' in the name of street, roads or parks.

"The Regulations do not prohibit the naming of a person as 'Anzac', and I understand that after World War I, in the spirit of the times, there were instances of children given the name 'Anzac'. I am not aware of any recent instances other than today's," Mrs Vale said.

"Over the passage of time, views have changed, and I would encourage the family to consider the concerns of the ex-service community on the use of 'Anzac' as a child's name."

Media Contact: Claire Bannon 02 6277 7820 or 0423 781 896