MEDIA RELEASE: Labor Commits $15,000 For Coloured Digger Commemoration, Saturday 4 June

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

LABOR COMMITS $15,000 FOR COLOURED DIGGER COMMEMORATION

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $15,000 so next year's Coloured Digger commemoration can go ahead in Redfern.

The commemoration recognises the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans to Australia's war effort. It pays tribute to their service, and to the service of current personnel and their families.

The Coloured Digger commemoration was started by the Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group.  It has been held every Anzac Day since 2007, with a march followed by a service at the Cenotaph in Redfern Park.

It has been fantastic to see the number of people taking part in commemorations grow over the years.  This year around 5,000 people attended.  Labor wants to see the event continue and grow. 

In the past, the organisers of the Coloured Digger commemorations have struggled to secure in-kind assistance from local government.

Labor’s $15,000 commitment will ensure this important event can go ahead next year. 

SATURDAY, 4 JUNE 2016