DVA welcomes the new Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, who was sworn in on 18 September 2013. Minister Ronaldson has also been appointed as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac and the Special Minister of State.
Minister Ronaldson said that, “it is a true honour to serve Australia’s veterans and their families. I want to learn from them, hear their concerns and do everything within my power to give them the support they so deserve.”
Minister Ronaldson has had a long history in politics, beginning his public service career as a councillor for the City of Ballarat in 1981. He has also spent time as the Federal Member for Ballarat, and held appointments of Parliamentary Secretary, the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, Chief Government Whip and Senator for Victoria. Prior to the 2013 election he was the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Centenary of Anzac and Shadow Special Minister of State (2007-2010).