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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
Page: 3499

(Question No. 217)

Mr Peter Morris asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 21 May 1996:

(1) What information is he able to provide on the materials and costs involved in installing an Australian Merchant Navy Roll of Honour in the cloisters of the Australian War Memorial at Canberra.

(2) Will the installation of the roll of honour commence during 1996-97; if not, why not.

Mr Scott —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Government has committed funds to enable the Australian War Memorial to honour those Australian Merchant Mariners who died during WWI and WWII. At this stage I am unable to provide details of materials or likely costs.

The Australian War Memorial is consulting extensively with appropriate ex-service organisations on this matter.

(2) I am not able at this stage to comment on whether installation will commence during 1996-97. However, I have asked the Memorial to give the matter a high priority.