Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

18 October 2014

Will Hodgman, Premier

The Centenary of ANZAC

Today I was privileged to launch the Liberal Government's Centenary of ANZAC commemorative program.

The Centenary of ANZAC represents one of the most significant occasions for our nation.

While the planting of a Lone Pine Tree today marks the official beginning of the state's commemorations, there is a full program of events planned across the state.

I encourage all Tasmanians to come together at the events and activities to commemorate the service and sacrifice of people who have served in Australia's Defence Force.

Today also saw Tasmania's 12th/40th Battalion exercise its right to Freedom of Entry to the City of Hobart.

The smallest battalion in the smallest brigade, the 12th/40th has been granted more Battle and Theatre Honours than any other battalion in the Australian Army and continues its proud tradition of service today, contributing to every major ADF operation to date.

Granting Freedom of Entry to a City is the highest civic honour that a city can grant and happens only on rare occasions.

Just over 100 years ago on October 1914 the 12th Battalion was given Freedom of the City of Hobart and marched from Moonah to the Domain, just two weeks before the first Tasmanian troops departed for the World War I battle fields.

Over the past decade, the honour has only been granted once until today.

At the end of this month the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Guy Barnett will represent the Tasmanian Government at the official Australian Government Albany Commemorative Event – the city where Tasmanian troops departed the country for Gallipoli.

The Centenary of ANZAC is a chance for Tasmania to come together to recognise the service and sacrifice of Tasmanian service-men and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The Liberal Government is committed to ensuring their sacrifice is not forgotten.

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