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Kicking off BCNA and Bakers Delight Pink Bun Campaign

I was delighted to join the founder of Breast Cancer Network Australia, Lyn Swinburne, and CEO Christine Nolan on 8  May to kick off this year’s Bakers Delight Pink Bun campaign. Bakers Delight has sold 5 million pink buns and donated $15 million to support BCNA and Australians affected by breast cancer. 600 Bakers Delight stores are selling pink buns until 3 June with 100% of proceeds going to BCNA. I am pictured with Lyn, Christine and Julie Car from Bakers Delight in Camberwell.

Commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea

I was honoured to represent the Prime Minister at the 73rd commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea which was held at the Australian-American Memorial at the Russell Defence headquarters in Canberra. The commemoration was also attended by leaders of the ADF, the US Ambassador to the Australia, Mr John Berry, and Coral Sea veterans Gordon Johnson and Derek Holyoake. The Battle of the Coral Sea was a decisive naval engagement involving the Australian and US navies in stopping the advance of Japanese forces and ultimately the defence of Australia. Thanks to the Australian American Association for organising this important commemorative event.

Australian Financial Review's Banking and Wealth summit

I recently spoke at the Australian Financial Review's Banking and Wealth summit on important issues affecting the financial services sector in Australia. The event brought together industry leaders, journalists and MPs. During my conversation with senior journalist Jennifer Hewett we covered issues such as the future of superannuation, life insurance, tax and financial adviser standards.

Balwyn North RSL Anzac Day Dawn Service

It was wonderful to see so many local residents attend the Anzac Day Dawn service at the Balwyn North RSL today. Hosted by President, Graham Foard, this morning's commemorative service included many local children as well as scouts and cubs. During the Centenary of Anzac it is particularly fitting that we honour the service of brave servicemen and women and remember those who are serving in current conflicts in our name. It was a privilege for me to stand beside some of our brave soldiers at this morning's service and with Graham at the beautiful RSL monument.

ANZAC Commemorative Service at Siena College

Siena College in Camberwell also participated in the Rotary Club of Camberwell’s ‘Seeds of Peace’ program, which was funded by the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. As Chair of the local grants committee, I am very pleased that participating secondary schools in Kooyong will receive a commemorative plaque and a lone pine to plant in a commemorative garden in school grounds as part of 'Seeds of Peace'.   At Siena, I joined over 800 students, principal Gaynor Robson-Garth, teachers and parents, for the unveiling of the ANZAC commemorative plaque and planting of the Lone Pine. 

ANZAC Commemorative Service at Fintona

This morning I joined Rotary Club of Camberwell President Richard Stewart and Principal, Suzy Chandler at Fintona Girls’ school for the unveiling of the ANZAC commemorative plaque and planting of the Lone Pine. It was part of the Rotary Club of Camberwell’s ‘Seeds of Peace’ program, which was funded by the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program in Kooyong. A special ANZAC assembly was organised by the students, where we heard verses from David Metzenthen’s One Minute’s Silence and we all joined in for the national anthem. This was a touching tribute to the innocent lives lost on the shores of Gallipoli a hundred years ago.

At Kew Primary School for ANZAC Centenary Commemoration

One of the highlights of today’s visits to local schools as part of the Centenary of ANZAC was at Kew Primary School, where over 470 students from Prep to Year 6 attended an afternoon assembly, where Principal James Penson and I spoke to the children about WWI. Parents and teachers gathered as students read out the names of the 268 Kew Primary students who served in the Great War. It was a fitting tribute for today’s students to reflect on the sheer scale of the war and the extent to which it affected their very own school a century ago. Of those 268 names, a terrific story emerged of two men, Ashley Vines and Alan Vowles, who recognised each other on the battlefield from their days together as students of Kew Primary. Ashley was severely wounded and as he lay on the ground, Alan carried his old schoolmate to shelter. Both men survived to tell the tale of this poignant coincidence. 

ANZAC Centenary Service at Kew High School

Today I visited Kew High School for a special Centenary of Anzac Service. Together with Principal, Clare Entwisle, teachers and over 1,100 students we gathered for this memorable service where school leaders read 'In Flanders Field' and 'The Ode' with the 'Last Post' played beautifully by Year 12 Music Captain, Joe Findlay. The school band played the National Anthem and Waltzing Matilda. Following the service we visited the new Centenary of Anzac commemorative garden. As Chair of the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Committee I was delighted that we were able to support Kew High School with a grant to develop their new commemorative garden.

Re-dedication of the Nurses' Honour Board at MLC

As part of the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations, it is so important that we remember the contribution that all Australians made to the WWI effort. On 23 April I was honoured to speak at MLC for the official launch of the ‘MLC and the Great War’ exhibition and re-dedication of the nurses’ honour board. This wonderful monument bears the names of 18 students who 100 years ago made the brave journey to assist the wounded as nurses on the frontline. This serves as a poignant reminder of the persistence of the human spirit  in the face of conflict. I have been delighted to work with MLC and many other schools and community groups in Kooyong to see the Centenary of ANZAC grants program come to life.

St Hilary's and St Silas Seniors luncheon

I was delighted to address members of the St Hilary's and St Silas Seniors group on 22 April. With Anzac Day in a few days time, I took the opportunity to focus on remembering the values that our WWI servicemen and women fought for and their heroic deeds. I also spoke about the heroism of Australia's greatest citizen-soldier, Sir John Monash. The luncheon, which was hosted by Bishop Stephen Hale, concluded with a Q&A session.  I am pictured here with Bishop Hale and members of the seniors group.


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