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ANZAC Day message.

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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate 19 April 2005

ANZAC Day message

This ANZAC Day, I hope we can all take the time to stop and think about the contribution made by Australian servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Australia’s Defence Force (ADF) has been called upon recently to assist with disasters such as the Boxing Day tsunami, to provide humanitarian assistance in earthquake ravaged countries in South East Asia and to assist with peace initiatives in the Middle East.

In these times of increased ADF mobilisation, it is important that we recognise all who serve for Australia, both currently and those who have served in the past.

This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, on which the ANZAC tradition was founded and the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe and the Pacific.

This ANZAC Day, we must take a moment to remember the courage of those who have fought in these conflicts and those who are still serving abroad.

Our thoughts this Anzac Day are particularly with the families of those who lost their lives in the Sea King crash earlier this month and the surviving crewmen now recovering from their injuries. This is a tragic reminder of the risks our ADF members face in serving our nation.

The ANZAC tradition of service, commitment and mateship, founded in Gallipoli those 90 years ago, is still a hallmark of the current serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

I encourage all Australians to remember those who have served before us on this national day of commemoration - ANZAC Day.

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