Today's long overdue decision by the Australian War Memorial Council to include the names of the 48 fallen peacekeepers on the honour roll is significant as it means that for the first time in Australia's history, their sacrifices will be properly honoured, Greens spokesperson for Veterans Affairs, Penny Wright said.
“Since 1947 members of the Australian Defence Forces have served Australia’s interests as peacekeepers, honourably and with courage, in situations of conflict and danger.
"The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association (APPVA) has been working for 14 years to have their service in humanitarian and peacekeeping, non-warlike operations recognised.
“Today's decision by the Council reflects the fact that more and more Australians are coming to understand the valuable contribution our peacekeepers make to promoting and securing international peace and security, a role that will only increase in the future.
“In being willing to respond to changing times and take this historic step, the Australian War Memorial Council has honoured the philosophy of the War Memorial’s founder, Charles Bean, that “all men are equal in death”.
“Peacekeepers and their families will be rejoicing tonight in the knowledge that their service will now be properly recognized and valued by Australians.
“I am honoured to have helped support this important campaign in Parliament, including a speech highlighting their work and reading into Hansard the name of each Australian peacekeeper who has died while serving our country."
Senator Wright is available for interviews early Thursday morning.
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