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Saluting their service with the Australian Defence medal.



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Julian McGauran Liberal Senator for Victoria

SALUTING THEIR SERVICE WITH THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MEDAL

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

The Federal Government will recognise the service of current and former Defence Force personnel with the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).

“The medal aims to recognise current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) Regular and Reserve personnel, and volunteer and National Servicemen, who have served since the end of World War II”, Liberal Senator for Victoria, Julian McGauran, said today.

After extensive consultation with veterans’ organisations and the wider community, the government has decided to broaden the eligibility criteria to include former ADF members who completed their initial enlistment period, or four years service, whichever is the lesser.

“It is likely there will be many eligible current and former Defence Force personnel in Ballarat and its surrounding districts and I encourage them all to submit applications and supporting evidence as soon as possible to receive the recognition they deserve.

“The Australian Defence medal is an important tribute to those in our community who have given so much for our country and I look forward to presenting medals, together with senior military officers, to Ballarat and district service men and women, past and

present”, Senator McGauran said.

The criteria for the Australian Defence Medal recognises National Servicemen and those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period because of the ADF’s workplace and enlistment policies of the time.

The expanded criteria also includes those who die in service or are medically discharged due to permanent injury and unable to reach four years or complete their initial period of enlistment.

“The Federal Government is committed to recognising the contribution to our proud

military history made by our service men and women, and the Australian Defence Medal will recognise those not eligible for this form of acknowledgment and honour in the past,” Senator McGauran said.

For further information, a special application form for the ADM is available from the Defence website at www.defence.gov.au/dpe/dpe_site/honours_awards/ and from RSL's and other ex-service organisations.