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Media Release
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment


11 June 1997

The publication of the comprehensive history of Australia's 50-year Antarctic program was a fitting anniversary-year tribute to an enormously successful Australian enterprise, Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic, Ian Macdonald, said today.

Senator Macdonald made the observation while speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra during the official launch of the book `The Silence Calling', written by Tim Bowden.

The book's release celebrates the 50th anniversary of Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE), whose history is told in graphic detail by the men and women who have made up its ranks over the years.

"This is a landmark day for ANARE - a culmination of many years of effort by Tim and his researchers, the Antarctic Division, and the people of ANARE," Senator Macdonald said.

"The book tells a story of which all Australian's can be proud, of people from all walks of life working in a remote and unfamiliar environment where nature is at it's most hostile.

"The ANARE story is also a story of a great endeavour back here in Australia, where Phillip Law and his small dedicated band picked up where Antarctic pioneer Douglas Mawson left off and instigated one of the world's great national Antarctic programs.

"The Silence Calling, the ANARE Jubilee History" is the result of a five-year project by the Antarctic Division and Tim Bowden. It is published by Allen & Unwin of Sydney. A companion documentary of the same name, narrated by Tim Bowden, is to be broadcast by the ABC tonight at 8.30.

Wednesday, 11 June, 1997

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