ACT: “A slip and fall at last year's national Anzac Day parade has prompted the Returned Services League (RSL) to reduce the role of young children in the march in Canberra.
A letter to prospective participants in the march from the president of the RSL's ACT branch, John King, emphasised "the march is for veterans and current serving members of the ADF". As such, Mr King said relatives of deceased veterans "should not march", but they have not been banned.
Kids under 12, on the other hand, will no longer be allowed to walk down Anzac Parade alongside veterans, after the RSL was told the public liability insurance would no longer cover them.
In the 2017 parade, a child tripped and took down an elderly person they were marching with, who was then treated by paramedics.
The Anzac Day march at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
PHOTO Children under 12 will operate as greeters and in other pre-march activities.
AAP: ALAN PORRITT
Mr King said it was understandable that the public liability insurance would no longer cover the youngest marchers, who are also banned from riding in vehicles, and the youth groups the RSL had spoken to had "accepted the issue". "We've set the age of 12 as an age limit that we feel children can reasonably understand what's going on," he said.” — ABC