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Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC Warren Snowdon today welcomed a report on ways to pay tribute to the ANZAC Centenary and a century of military service since the First World War.

The report was developed by the National Commission on the Commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary, which was established by the Federal Government to look at options to mark the Centenary of the First World War 2014 – 2018, in particular, Anzac Day 2015.

The commission considered more than 600 submissions containing more than 1,500 suggestions from Australia and overseas.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the report was an important step towards the most significant anniversary for Australia since the Centenary of Federation in 2001.

In 2015, Australia will pay extra special tribute to the Anzacs who forged the values of mateship, loyalty and courage that define our nation today.

During the First World War over 420,000 Australians enlisted to serve and more than 60,000 lives were tragically lost.

This was an extraordinary commitment for a young nation with a population of just over five million at the time.

The Prime Minister thanked the six members of the National Commission on the Commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary, for their contribution to the report.
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The commission’s report makes a number of recommendations for Government to consider in six general themes:

· Education and public awareness so we can continue to pass on our understanding and experiences of the war on from one generation to another;

· Refurbishment and maintenance of our memorials, cenotaphs, honour rolls and avenues of honour;

· Recognition of a Century of Service, to ensure anniversary of the First World War and all other conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved are properly recognised;

· Major Commemorative Services such as the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli

· Community engagement to encourage activities that acknowledge and inform the local community about Australia’s military legacy including local wartime experiences; and

· International engagement to generate opportunities for Australia to be involved in initiatives and activities that will promote international collaboration.
Excerpt detailing specific initiatives from the National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary Report:

The Commission also made recommendations for specific initiatives, reflective of the six themes utilised for the public submissions, that it believes are worthy of government consideration. Although each proposed initiative is readily identifiable with one of the six themes, they also include aspects that cross over multiple themes. The Century of service theme is intrinsic to all proposed initiatives. The initiatives include:

• The Anzac Century — A Journey of Australian Service — A proposal for the development of mobile exhibitions, with a focus on First World War memorabilia, to travel to a wide range of locations across Australia.

Infrastructure and capital works projects — A proposal for the development of a key infrastructure project focused on the restoration, refurbishment and enhancement of memorials, cenotaphs, honour rolls and avenues of honour, as well as the development of a Boer War Memorial and a Peacekeeping Memorial.

• The Anzac Centre for the Study of Peace, Conflict and War — A proposal for the development of an education centre focusing on the study of the nature of social conflicts, causes of violence and definitions of peace, as well as research into new structures for resolving conflicts.

• A major commemorative event — A proposal for the restaging of the first major convoy carrying Australian and New Zealand troops from Albany in Western Australia, which would be televised nationally.

• The Anzac Interpretive Centre — A proposal for the development of an interpretive centre to be physically located in Albany and virtually located on the Internet. The centre would provide the community with a way to engage on an educative level with the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women of the First World War.

• Support and collaboration — A proposal for the early establishment of key relationships across the Australian Government and state and territory governments, across international borders and with corporate Australia to ensure the successful delivery of the centenary program.

Within these recommendations, the Commission has recognised the need not only for commemorative activities to occur, but for a lasting legacy from the centenary program to be left for the Australian people.

The Prime Minister announced the formation of a new ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board to progress the work of the commission and provide strategic advice on the planning and implementation of ANZAC Centenary events and initiatives.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC, Warren Snowdon, said the new board was the next logical step in the journey towards 2015.

The Government will consider the commission’s report and announce its response later in 2011.

The commission members include former Prime Ministers the Rte Hon Malcolm Fraser PC AC CH, and the Hon Bob Hawke AC, RSL National President, RADM Ken Doolan AO (Retd), former Peacekeeper MAJ Matina Jewell (Retd), veteran advocate, Kylie Russell, and cartoonist and journalist Warren Brown.

The report can be found at


28 MARCH 2011