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Tim Bull MP:
Common sense must prevail on ANZAC Day services

Melbournes ANZAC Day march to be called 10 weeks early from its memorial day.

By Portal Admin - 15th February 2021 - Back to News

After last years cancelled Remembrance Day services, the decision to cancel Melbournes ANZAC Day march due to the current outbreak from hotel quarantine is disappointing. I am somewhat surprised that this decision has been made 10 weeks out from ANZAC Day. I will seek more information on why this call had to be made so early.

However, I hope common sense prevails and that the current circumstances in late April not in mid-February are the first consideration in any restrictions imposed on the days commemorative services. Of course, we have to monitor the coronavirus situation and public health must come first, but last year we saw Remembrance Day services cancelled in communities that had no cases and were well prepared to implement the required guidelines.

Realistic and logical restrictions for Gallipoli Landing anniversary

Every year on April 25, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, we take time to remember those who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice in all theatres of war. With international travel restrictions still preventing Australians making the pilgrimage to Turkey, local services hold even more significance. We must take every precaution to keep Victorians safe, particularly those who are most vulnerable including our veterans but restrictions must be realistic and logical. With the outbreak currently contained to Melbourne, there is no case at this stage for blanket statewide cancellations.

Our communities are facing difficult times at present. In the situation we are facing, it is perhaps more pertinent that ever to ensure Victorians have an opportunity to come together, where safe, to remember the brave men and women who served, the challenges they faced and hardships they endured.


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