Updated 15 April 2013
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Updated by David Watt
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section
This 'Anzac Day Kit' has been compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary Library, and is updated annually. In particular the Library would like to acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed significantly to the original text and structure of the Kit.
On 25 April, the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915, Australians and New Zealanders honour those of our men and women who have served and died in wars, peacekeeping and other operations. It is now 98 years since the landing, and 97 years since Anzac Day was observed for the first time in 1916.
The date of 25 April was etched into the national consciousness with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. The Anzacs forged a tradition of service and sacrifice that has continued to this day. We remember that more than 1.5 million Australians have served their country in wartime, and more than 100 000 have lost their lives.
Anzac Day is Australia's national day of commemoration to remember those of our own who have fallen. Later in the year, on Remembrance Day, 11 November, we pause for a second time, sharing with other countries the tradition of observing a silence on the anniversary of the Great War's armistice to remember the dead of all wars.
What is this kit?
This kit is produced to assist Members and Senators with their representational and ceremonial duties on Anzac Day. It can be accessed by members of the public, but for copyright reasons many linked items are available to Members of Parliament only.
The kit comprises eight sections:
Section 1: Speeches
Section 2: The relevance of ANZAC
Section 3: Gallipoli
Section 4: The Western Front
Section 5: Remembering and honouring: memorials and heritage
Section 6: Anniversaries
Section 7: Australian peacekeeping
Section 8: Statistics, links and further reading
In conjunction with the Anzac Day Kit, in 2010 the Parliamentary Library published an online publication called List of Victoria Cross recipients by electorate which allows readers to identify Australian Victoria Cross (VC) winners with ties to particular federal electorates. The publication also contains biographical information about each of the Victoria Cross winners.
Another Parliamentary Library publication titled Parliamentary involvement in declaring war and deploying forces overseas considers the government's power to declare war and deploy troops overseas from a legal and parliamentary perspective.
For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.
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