Posted: 29 April, 2016

Fatal Shooting At Bankstown In Front Of Shocked Onlookers

One dead, two injured

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One person has died and two others have been injured following a shooting at the car-park of a busy shopping centre in Sydney's south-west.

Up to 8 shots were fired on the corner of Stacey and Rickard Streets in Bankstown, just before midday on Friday.

Police arrived at Bankstown Central Shopping Centre to find two men and a woman injured, one of the men died at the scene.

Sources claim the victim is Walid Ahmad, who has been on the run since the a fatal shooting at Condell Park earlier this month.

“The two injured people were treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to hospital. Their conditions are not yet known,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The young woman and a middle-aged man suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and were both conscious when they were whelled into waiting ambulances.

A crime scene has been set up, which will be examined by detectives and forensic specialists. 

The shopping centre car park has been closed as a precaution, and there are reports the shopping centre is in lock down.

The gunman is believed to be on the loose and police have warned drivers to avoid the area around Bankstown Central Shopping Centre because of traffic delays.

No arrests have been made at this stage and anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

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Posted: 29 April, 2016

Nurofen's $1.7 Million Migraine For Misleading Customers

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The maker of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser, has been ordered to pay a $1.7 million fine for misleading Australian consumers about its pain relief products.

Last year, the Federal Court found Nurofen's "specific pain range" deceived consumers because they all did the same thing.

Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain and Nurofen Tension Headache don't target specific types of pain - all containing the identical active ingredient ibuprofen lysine 342mg.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had originally asked the Federal Court to impose a fine of $6 million.

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Posted: 28 April, 2016

Baby Born On Jetstar Flight, Mum Names Him After The Airline

Amazing story

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A pregnant mother on a Jetstar flight from Singapore has named the baby after the airline after the flight crew helped her deliver the child.

Saw Jet Star was born on the flight from Singapore to Burma.

Incredibly, the woman's surname was already Star - making the connection very easy.

Upon arrival to Yangon Aiport, the mother and child were taken to a nearby hospital where they are believed to be doing well.

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Posted: 28 April, 2016

Port Arthur: Service To Help Heal And Honour

“Just as we stood together then, we stand together today”

Source: Getty Images. Family and friends of those who were killed at the Port Arthur massacre, lay floating candles in the reflection pool at the memorial site during a memorial service to mark the 10th aniversary.

For some survivors, it will be their first visit to Port Arthur since the horrific incident

A commemorative service to be held today will mark the 20th anniversary since lone gunman Martin Bryant went on a rampage, killing 35 people and wounding 23 others.

An open-invitation service is due to start at 12:30pm (AEST) and will include a keynote address, poetry, choral singing and wreath laying.

While some people linked to the massacre want to forget what happened and will stay away, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority said there has been strong community interest in holding a dignified commemoration.

PORT ARTHUR, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been desaturated.) The reflection pool in the Memorial Garden of the Port Arthur Historical Site on April 18, 2016 in Port Arthur, Australia. The historic town became infamous on April 28, 1996 when Martin Bryant began shooting indiscriminately with a high-powered rifle on people visiting the site. 35 people were killed and a further 23 were injured in what remains the worlds worst massacre by a lone gunman. The tragedy transformed gun legislation in Australia, with then Prime Minister John Howard introducing the National Firearms Agreement, banning all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns and introducing stricter licensing and ownership controls.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Source: Getty Images. The reflection pool in the Memorial Garden of the Port Arthur Historical Site on April 18, 2016 in Port Arthur, Australia. 

Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman will be attending the open-invitation service and has recalled with sorrow the events of April 28, 1996, which changed Australia forever.

“While many wounds have healed with time, there are others that will never,” he told AAP.

“What happened that day will never define us, but the way we responded does. Just as we stood together then, we stand together today.”

Survivor Peter Croswell told us on such an emotional day, he chooses to reflect on the positives that have come out of the horror.

“The massacre has become part of my life, it’s changed me as a person. I think you’ve got to realise that after any trauma it’s going to change you.”

PORT ARTHUR, TAS - APRIL 28:  Floating candles for each of those killed in the Port Arthur massacre lie in the reflection pool at the memorial site during a commemoration service to mark the 10th aniversary of the massacre April 28, 2006 in Port Arthur, Australia. Ten years ago, 28 year-old Martin Bryant from Hobart, opened fire with a high-powered rifle on people visiting the historical site at Port Arthur. 35 people were killed and a further 25 were injured in what remains the worlds worst massacre by a lone gunman. Bryant was sentenced to life imprisonment with no eligibility for parole on 72 charges, including 35 charges of murder.  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Source: Getty Images. Floating candles for each of those killed in the Port Arthur massacre lie in the reflection pool at the memorial site during a commemoration service to mark the 10th aniversary.

“I reflect on the positives that have come out of it. To deal with it all I was taught to say well ok I’m a different person now,.. but I hope I’m a better person and a more understanding and patient person.”

Former Prime Minister John Howard will attend, along with current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.  

In response to the massacre Mr Howard acted swiftly to tighten Australia’s gun laws in a move still widely applauded by sections of Australia.

“The Port Arthur massacre affected each of us in a different way, but it changed something in all of us,” Mr Hodgman said.

Mr Croswell agreed, saying, “you don’t actually move on from such events… it becomes part of you.”

PORT ARTHUR, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  The cross bearing the names of those who lost their lives is seen in the Memorial Garden in the Port Arthur Historical Site on April 18, 2016 in Port Arthur, Australia. The historic town became infamous on April 28, 1996 when Martin Bryant began shooting indiscriminately with a high-powered rifle on people visiting the site. 35 people were killed and a further 23 were injured in what remains the worlds worst massacre by a lone gunman. The tragedy transformed gun legislation in Australia, with then Prime Minister John Howard introducing the National Firearms Agreement, banning all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns and introducing stricter licensing and ownership controls.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Source: Getty Images. The cross bearing the names of those who lost their lives is seen in the Memorial Garden in the Port Arthur Historical Site on April 18, 2016 in Port Arthur, Australia.

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Posted: 27 April, 2016

Men Read Vile Comments To Female Sports Reporters In Eye-Opening Video

Confronting viewing.

Two female Chicago sports reporters are confronting the harassment they receive on a daily basis in a video that’s gone viral.

The video features men reading real online comments that Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro have received.

A few of the men struggle to say the vile comments, and even apologize for something they didn’t even write.

It’s confronting viewing.

"We wouldn’t say it to their faces so let’s not type it," texts reads at the end of the video.

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Posted: 27 April, 2016

Surfer Attacked By Shark In Bali

'His girlfriend came running up the beach and said it was a shark attack'

Twiggy Van Ryan aided the victim after the attack (Facebook)

An American surfer is reportedly in intensive care after being attacked by a shark in Bali.

The attacked happened around 7am on Monday morning, according to reports from Stab Magazine.

The attack occurred at Balian in western Bali.

Local resident Twiggy Van Ryan was having breakfaston the beach when he noticed him coming out of the water holding his elbow.

“I thought he just injured himself and his girlfriend came running up the beach and said it was a shark attack,” Van Ryan told news.com.au.

Van Ryan posted on his Facebook account that he had spoken to friends of the victim.

“Also I spoke to friends of the bite victim and he is recovering well after surgery, good news they say no ligament damage just heaps of stitches and major bruising, muscle tears etc,” he wrote.

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Posted: 27 April, 2016

Sydney Toddler Tragedy

A three-year-old Sydney boy has died after two cars collided and one then struck him

Toddler tragedy in Granville, Sydney Photo: The Daily Telegraph twitter

A three-year-old Sydney boy has died after two cars collided and one then struck him as he stood on a footpath with his father.

The boys suffered critical injuries in the crash on Lumley Street, Granville on Tuesday evening.

Paramedics performed CPR before taking him to The Children's Hospital at Westmead where he later died.

His father was not injured in the crash.

A male driver and female passenger from one of the cars were treated by paramedics at the scene, while the male driver of the second car was taken to Westmead Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both will undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.

Lumley Street between William Street and Mary Street is expected to remain closed for some time as specialist forensic officers examine the scene.

VIDEO: Sydney Toddler Tragedy

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Posted: 26 April, 2016

Man Arrested Over Alleged Anzac Day Assault

Man has been arrested over alleged assault.

Glenfield station in south-west Sydney Photo: www.news.com.au

In some breaking news, a 27-year-old man has been arrested over the alleged assault of a navy officer in full uniform on his way home from Anzac Day services in Sydney yesterday.

The 24-year-old sailor was allegedly punched in the nose while getting off the train after asking a group of men who were harassing other passengers to settle down.

Witness Claims Attacker Was Drunk Beyond Belief

A witness to the alleged assault of a navy officer on a train after Anzac Day services claims the attacker was 'drunk beyond belief', throwing up and even wetting his pants.

The 24-year-old officer was left with a bloody nose.

Ashley told the Triple M Grill Team passengers were also less than impressed with how long it took train staff to help. Listen to the full audio below.

Earlier On Triple M

A Navy officer has been left bloodied following an Anzac Day assault on train in Sydney's southwest.

The 24-year-old, who was in full uniform, was returning home from the Anzac Day Memorial Service at around 2.45pm when he approached a group of men who were drinking alcohol and harassing commuters.

After approaching the group and asking that they stop drinking and curb their behaviour, the officer was punched in the nose by one of the men as he left the train at Glenfield.

A police investigation is underway.

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Posted: 22 April, 2016

Here’s Where You Can Play Two-Up On ANZAC Day In Sydney

ANZAC day is the only day of the year you can legally bet on the flipping of two coins. Here’s where you can take part in the tradition at a range of pubs and clubs across Sydney.

  • The Australian Heritage Hotel - The Rocks 

Commemorate our courageous diggers at one of Sydney's most iconic Aussie venues. Diggers breakfast is available from 6am, followed by one of the biggest outdoor two up arenas in Sydney's CBD from 12 noon. And don't miss the special performance from the famous Scot's Marching Band.

  • Cargo Bar - Darling Harbour

In its 16th annual ANZAC Day celebrations, there's an all-day BBQ and resident DJs who will play throughout the day and into the night.

  • The Star - Pyrmont

24/7 Sports Bar will be showing the traditional NRL Sydney clash between the Roosters and the Dragons from 4pm. Specials: $7 Tooheys New on tap from 12pm to 4pm and $19 Lamb Burger.

  • Newtown Hotel - Newtown

Join the Newtown Hotel from 4pm for a game of two-up as the sun goes down. Purple Sneakers DJs will be dishing out the tunes and $1 from every Carlton Draught sold will go to Legacy Australia to help families in need.

  • The Glenmore Hotel - The Rocks

The beers will also be flowing from 8am for those taking part in the service and parade. Place your bets from midday at the 2UP arena.

  • Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf 

Enjoy a game of two of 2 UP & DJs from 2pm with all your favourite Aussie tunes. Hungry? Try a lamb & rosemary sausage in a bun with a schooner of Lazy Yak for just $20.

  •  Kings Cross Hotel- Potts Point 

The rooftop at Kings Cross Hotel is hosting an epic game of two-up from 12pm and you can party on with DJs into the evening.

  • The Great Northern Hotel - Chatswood 

Did someone say free food? That's right. The Great Northern is putting on a free sausage sizzle with finger food. The event kicks off at 11am, at 12pm two-up starts and stay for happy hour from 5pm.

  • The Arygle- The Rocks 

Beats, beers and BBQ! The Argyle is opening its doors from noon until late, with the tunes of Mike Champion & Band, Martini Club and Crazy Caz in the background of your 2UP game.

  • Hotel Steyne - Manly 

Expect a very large two-up ring in the beer garden and for the first time a second two-up ring in Moonshine Bar for even more gambling. The event carries on into the evening.

  • Harbord Diggers - Freshwater

They reckon it plays host to the biggest two-up tournament in Sydney and the Southern Hemisphere. Get amongst it from 12pm.

  • Vic on the Park - Marrickville

Boasted as the largest two-up game in the inner west. Doors open from 12pm until late. Feel free to bring your dog along too.

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Posted: 22 April, 2016

Melbourne's Palace Theatre To Be Demolished

The hotel permit was granted late on Friday

Music and heritage lovers will be left devastated as the fight to save Melbourne's Palace Theatre appears to have been lost.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal rejected passionate pleas from music and heritage lowers, granting a permit for a residential hotel to be built in its place late on Friday.

Only a portion of the building's facade will survive.

Chinese developers Jinshan Investments will build a 12-story hotel in its place.

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Posted: 22 April, 2016

Anzac Day Services In Sydney

A guide to events honouring our diggers

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Anzac Day is a time to pay tribute and commemorate our fallen soldiers with friends and family at the many events across Sydney.

Dawn services, wreath laying, parades and sunset services form a significant part of ANZAC Day tributes and are held throughout the country.

Here’s how to get involved from the Dawn Service to Two-Up this Monday.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  Large crowds line George Street and wave Australian flags during the Anzac Day Parade on April 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Australians are celebrating the centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landing on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during World War 1. Anzac day is a national holiday in Australia, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

DAWN SERVICES

The Cenotaph, Martin Place

Martin Place hosts the State’s biggest ANZAC Day service, expected to hit capacity by 3am. There will be large television screens for those craning for a view when the service begins at 4:15am. Thousands will be there in the pre-dawn darkness to pay their respects and lay wreaths in honour of fallen soldiers.

The Cenotaph, Miranda

On the other side of Sydney at the Miranda Cenotaph, Dawn Service is held at 5:30am involving prayers, laying of wreaths and singing the national anthems of both Australia and New Zealand.

North Bondi RSL Club, Bondi Beach

This Dawn Service suits those that struggle to get up before 4am, but still want to get involved in the morning’s activities. Starting at 6am, it involves all the traditional odes including, ‘The Last Post’ and the reverent ‘Minute’s Silence,’ against the backdrop of North Bondi’s sands.

For more info on the services click here.

Ted Jackson Reserve, Dee Why Beach

More than 12,000 Northern Beaches residents are expected to flock to Ted Jackson Reserve, Dee Why Beach. Locals are being told to get there at 5:15am for a 5:30am start.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  An Army bugler plays the last post at a dawn service for Anzac Day April 25, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. Australians and New Zealanders are today commemorating the 90th anniversary of ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day, when troops landed at Gallipoli during World War I.  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

ANZAC DAY MARCH

The ANZAC Day March in Sydney involves about 20,000 war veterans, current servicemen and women, police and relatives proudly displaying war medals on uniforms throughout the city’s CBD.

Thousands line the footpaths between Sydney’s Martin Place and Hyde Park to salute our nation’s diggers.

It begins at 9am on the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place. It journeys through George and Bathurst Streets before ending at Elizabeth Street opposite Hyde Park.

At the conclusion of the parade a Commemoration Service is held next to The Pool Of Remembrance at the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park South at 12:30pm.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  A war veteran makes his way down Bathurst Street during the ANZAC Day parade on April 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Veterans, dignitaries and members of the public today marked the 99th anniversary of ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day, April 25, 1915 when allied Australian First World War forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. A public holiday in both Australia and New Zealand, commemoration events are held across both countries in remembrance of those who fought and died in all wars.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

SUNSET SERVICE

This ceremony will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place, at 5:00pm.

It will be a short service accompanied by the NSW Ambulance Service Band and following by the lowering of the flags.

This is the conclusion of the official ANZAC Day Commemorations in Sydney.

An Australian war veteran takes part in the annual ANZAC Day Parade in Sydney on April 25, 2014. Anzac Day commemorations are held on this day each year to mark the anniversary of the ill-fated landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in World War I. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS        (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

HOW TO GET THERE

A number of roads will be closed in Sydney's CBD on Anzac Day, so the advice is to catch public transport if you're heading to the Dawn Service and march.

Road closures will start from 2am, and will include sections of Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Pitt Street, Hunter Street, King Street, Park Street and George Street.

Early morning trains will run on most lines, and will arrive in the city in time for the Dawn Service which starts at 4:30am.

Extra buses will also be running on all major corridors into the CBD, but some will be diverting from their normal routs so allow extra time or consider catching a City Centre train.

For more public transport information or to plan your trip head to transportnsw.info

For the latest traffic information visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21:  The Poppy Project on display at The Skillion Terrigal as a tribute to Anzac Day on April 21, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The handmade flowers are part of a community installation called The Poppy Project. Australians are commemorating 100 years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landed on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during World War I. Anzac day is a national holiday in Australia, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

RUGBY LEAGUE: DRAGONS VS ROOSTERS

St George Illawarra Dragons take on the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium this Anzac day. The game starts at 4:00pm with extra transport services available.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Roosters players line up for the Australian national anthem during an ANZAC day ceremony prior to the round seven NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium on April 25, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

WHERE TO PLAY TWO-UP

It’s the one day of the year when you can legally play two-up and plenty of cash is expected to exchange hands. Looking for a game after the Dawn Service this ANZAC Day? Don’t worry, we've got you covered.

Take part in the tradition at a range of pubs and clubs across the city.

  • The Australian Heritage Hotel - The Rocks 

Commemorate our courageous diggers at one of Sydney's most iconic Aussie venues. Diggers breakfast is available from 6am, followed by one of the biggest outdoor two up arenas in Sydney's CBD from 12 noon. And don't miss the special performance from the famous Scot's Marching Band.

  • The Glenmore Hotel - The Rocks

The beers will also be flowing from 8am for those taking part in the service and parade. Place your bets from midday at the 2UP arena.

  • The Arygle- The Rocks 

Beats, beers and BBQ! The Argyle is opening its doors from noon until late, with the tunes of Mike Champion & Band, Martini Club and Crazy Caz in the background of your 2UP game.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  People play Two-Up at the Welcome Hotel on Anzac Day on April 25, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, with ANZAC Day marking the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand forces landing at Gallipoli in Turkey in World War I which resulted in the deaths of more than 8000 ANZACs.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

  • Cargo Bar - Darling Harbour

In its 16th annual ANZAC Day celebrations, there's an all-day BBQ and resident DJs who will play throughout the day and into the night. 

  • Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf 

Enjoy a game of two of 2 UP & DJs from 2pm with all your favourite Aussie tunes. Hungry? Try a lamb & rosemary sausage in a bun with a schooner of Lazy Yak for just $20.

  • The Star - Pyrmont

24/7 Sports Bar will be showing the traditional NRL Sydney clash between the Roosters and the Dragons from 4pm. Specials: $7 Tooheys New on tap from 12pm to 4pm and $19 Lamb Burger.

  •  Kings Cross Hotel- Potts Point 

The rooftop at Kings Cross Hotel is hosting an epic game of two-up from 12pm and you can party on with DJs into the evening. 

  • The Great Northern Hotel - Chatswood 

Did someone say free food? That's right. The Great Northern is putting on a free sausage sizzle with finger food. The event kicks off at 11am, at 12pm two-up starts and stay for happy hour from 5pm.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  ANZAC Day -  Crowds at the Australian Hotel Rocks to play two Up on April 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. 2 Pennies are placed on a paddle and tossed in the air - frantic bets are part of the game. To bet on HEADS you touch your head,  the Source: Getty Images

  • Hotel Steyne - Manly 

Expect a very large two-up ring in the beer garden and for the first time a second two-up ring in Moonshine Bar for even more gambling. The event carries on into the evening.

  • Harbord Diggers - Freshwater

They reckon it plays host to the biggest two-up tournament in Sydney and the Southern Hemisphere. Get amongst it from 12pm.

  • Vic on the Park - Marrickville

Boasted as the largest two-up game in the inner west. Doors open from 12pm until late. Feel free to bring your dog along too. 

  • Newtown Hotel - Newtown

Join the Newtown Hotel from 4pm for a game of two-up as the sun goes down. Purple Sneakers DJs will be dishing out the tunes and $1 from every Carlton Draught sold will go to Legacy Australia to help families in need.

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For further information on Anzac Day events in your local area, check out the following websites:

http://rslnsw.org.au/commemoration/anzac/

http://veterans.nsw.gov.au/centenary/

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: A single rose sits atop the Cenotaph during the Sydney Dawn Service on April 25, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Veterans, dignitaries and members of the public today marked the 99th anniversary of ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day, April 25, 1915 when allied Australian First World War forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. A public holiday in both Australia and New Zealand, commemoration events are held across both countries in remembrance of those who fought and died in all wars.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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Posted: 22 April, 2016

Anzac Day 2016 Info

Find out all you need to know about Anzac Day in Victoria

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Click here for all the information on the 2016 Anzac Day Melbourne Dawn Service and March. 

Click here to find the service nearest to where you live in Victoria. 

Click here to find out which venues in Victoria you can play two-up at.

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