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Gallipoli: security fears for ANZAC Day.

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Senator Mark Bishop Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator for Western Australia


1st April 2003 ref:m&pr10/03

Gallipoli - Security Fears for ANZAC Day

Australians travelling to Turkey to participate in the ANZAC Day service should seriously heed the recent travel advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Turkey, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator Mark Bishop said today.

Among other detail, that advice is:

Australians in Turkey should exercise a high degree of caution, particularly in commercial and public areas, including those known to be frequented by foreigners, such as public transport facilities, hotels, bars and shopping areas. In view of ongoing military activity against Iraq, Australians should be aware of a continued risk of terrorist activity in Turkey and are particularly advised at this time to avoid all travel to south-eastern Turkey…

Normally, as many as 15 000 visitors attend the dawn service at Gallipoli, arrangements for which are managed jointly by the Office of Australian War Graves and the Turkish Government. While last year’s service was marred by reports of drunken behaviour and misuse of the public address system, this year the ceremony is threatened by security fears.

Australian security agencies have been deeply involved in the preparations for this year’s service, and the travel advisory confirms the risk.

This is a great pity because the Turkish people have long joined with Australians in remembering this very sacred occasion.

The bravery and endurance of all those who fought on both sides is remembered by both nations as an episode in our separate histories to be commemorated with respect. In this age of unpredictable terror, and in the highly charged atmosphere of the Middle East at present, Australians need to take particular care.

I urge all those still intending to travel to Gallipoli to seek advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel advisory on Turkey is available at Travel advice relating specifically to ANZAC Day commemorations in Turkey is available at General travel advice is available at

Media Details: Senator Mark Bishop 0419 959 892 or Peter Reece 0414 677 441 Parliament House (02) 6277 3101