As we approach the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli the Andrews Labor Government has moved to protect the ashes of Victoria’s war veterans.

Currently, ashes may be scattered when family members cannot be contacted after a designated period of time, generally 25 years.

Under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Amendment (Veterans Reform) Bill 2015 introduced to Parliament last night, cemetery trusts will extend the limited interment tenure of war veterans’ ashes and ensure their remains are held in perpetuity.

The Bill will also enable the cemetery trust of Berwick Cemetery to relocate veterans’ remains if necessary and establish a memorial, and ensure veterans’ remains are not separated from their family members.

Ms Graley said that the Andrews Labor Government had introduced this legislation to ensure our war heroes are given the respect they deserve, forever.

“These brave men and women fought for our country, they fought to ensure we could live peacefully and freely in this great country,”

“They deserve our respect, our admiration and in death they deserve to be treated with dignity,”

“I have written to our local RSL’s and I will work with them to ensure our war veterans are always and forever given the respect and recognition they deserve.”