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Coalition supports proclamation of Battle for Australia Day.



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Thu, 26th June 2008 COALITION SUPPORTS PROCLAMATION OF BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA DAY

The Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Bronwyn Bishop has supported the Government's announcement to proclaim the Battle of Australia Day as being the first Wednesday of September each year.

Whilst not taking away from the importance of Anzac Day as Australia's national day of commemoration this proclamation acknowledges the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women who served between 1942 and 1943.

''The proclamation of the Battle for Australia Day rightly acknowledges the fact that we as a country came under attack on home soil, Mrs Bishop said.

Battles such as the Battle of Isurava on the Kokoda Track were pivotal in Australia's defence to fend off the enemy, which is one of the battles that this day will commemorate.''

''Private Bruce Kingsbury was the first soldier to win a Victoria Cross for action on Australian soil''. Papua New Guinea was Australian territory in 1942

''The Opposition believes that the commemoration of the Battle of Australia Day in no way lessens the significance of ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day and gives the proclamation bi-partisan support''.