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Dr V John Basarin’s interview with ABC News

Posted by Marcus Falay on September 28th, 2012

Anzac Ballot Announced

Posted by Dr John Basarin on September 26th, 2012

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Anzac centenary commemorations at Gallipoli will be open to ticket holders decided by ballot. The Australian government announced this afternoon that:

  • A total of 10,000 places will be shared between Australia and New Zealand
  • On an 80/20 split, 8,000 Australians will be allocated tickets
  • In fairness to all those hoping to attend, entry will be decided by a ballot

Details of the Anzac Ballot, including the ticket application process will be made public early in 2013.

It is anticipated that as many as 50,000 Australians will make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli during 2015, to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing. While there had been some discussion about any ballot giving precedence to ANZAC diggers’ descendants, this option has been ruled out.

Warren Snowden explained during his announcement today that a range of geographic and safety concerns had led to the decision, as well as a desire to have a fair and open process.

While Mr Snowden noted the Anzac ballot decision will affect tour operators offering travel packages, all tour products developed by Gallipoli-2015 already make provision for the likelihood of limited access to Anzac commemorative services on the 25th April 2015. So this decision will not affect the Gallipoli-2015 cruise, which is scheduled to visit Gallipoli battlefields on 21st and 22nd April, well ahead of the expected rush.

Additionally, the following arrangements are in place:

  • Anzac Ballot ticket holders
    passengers onboard the Gallipoli cruise ship will travel by bus to Anzac Cove for the Dawn Service and Lone Pine commemorations
  • Non ticket holders
    will be able to participate in Dawn Ceremony onboard the Gallipoli cruise ship, and see the dawn breaking over Gallipoli, moored as close as possible to Anzac Cove

It should be noted that this decision only relates to attendance at the Anzac Cove Dawn Service and Lone Pine Memorial Service. There is not, and has not been any indication that visitors will be restricted during the balance of the day. So even without an Anzac Ballot ticket, it may be possible to walk in the ANZACs footsteps on 25th April 2015.