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Press Release – ANZAC Address

Press Release - ANZAC Address


Senator Major General Jim Molan AO, DSC, gave an inspirational Anzac Address to all 800 Norwest Christian College students. Senator Molan, a retired senior army officer and well used to giving explicit orders, proved himself to be an adroit and sensitive speaker to students aged 3 to 18. He varied his speech to appeal and make sense to the very young, through to young adults of Year 12.

While Senator Molan spoke of the traditional meaning of Anzac Day, he highlighted its relevance to todays’ youth and the importance of ‘purpose’ in a person ‘s life. Students were encouraged to develop a unique and personal ‘purpose’, aim or goal in life. Anzacs fought for King, country and each other and many sacrificed their lives or were wounded and suffered early death after the war or experienced the anquish of mental turmoil. The contemporary Anzac commitment to ‘purpose’ did not require such extreme sacrifice but young Australians were encouraged to seek inspiration in their own lives from Anzac heroes.

During later discussion with senior students, Senator Molan spoke of Australia being an ‘amazing country’, with so many benefits and privileges. This included the freedom from oppression given by being a democracy. During his military career, the Senator had helped many countries strive to and achieve democracy. Senator Molan has the unique experience of commanding Australian and international forces in time of war and in the service of his country.

In both his Anzac Address and talks with seniors, Senator Molan spoke of the importance of unselfishness and serving others and many students took up this theme, and expressed their commitment and purpose to serving others and many perceived this as Christian witness. Senator Molan was impressed by students’ clear and determined thinking to make a positive contribution to the community. Senator Molan also spoke with College Captains and Deputy Captains about leadership and its responsibilities, together with the need for role modelling. He was also keen to stir their thinking about Australia’s defence and energy priorities.

Senator Molan expressed his confidence in younger Australians and complimented students on their solemn and respectful attention during the Anzac Service. He also found discussions with older students ‘thought provoking’.

Owen Laffin, Head of Secondary commented: “As an educator I often ask myself what experiences our young people need to grow into outstanding citizens. The opportunity to sit at the feet of someone of Senator (formerly General) Molan’s significance is just such an experience”.

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