Minister for Defence - Media Releases – 16 Sept 2016
SENATOR THE HON MARISE PAYNE
Minister for Defence
THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Australian peacekeeping memorial - construction underway
Construction has commenced on a National Memorial in Canberra to honour Australia's 90,000 peacekeepers, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel the Hon Dan Tehan MP announced today.
Minister Payne said the Federal Government has contributed more than $2 million towards construction of the first stage of the memorial on ANZAC Parade in Canberra.
"This memorial will be a focal point for all Australians to reflect on the service and sacrifice of generations of Australians whom have helped bring peace and stability to troubled parts of the world," Minister Payne said.
"Australia has a long and proud history of peace building and peacekeeping. Since 1947, peacekeepers from the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal Police, state police forces and civilians have displayed courage and commitment, sometimes in very tragic and stressful situations, such as the ADF members who witnessed the massacre at Kibeho, Rwanda in 1995."