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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I regret that Senator Wright should regard this . contribution by the Commonwealth towards the Returned Servicemen's League project as miserly. I point out that this is a project which the League is organising, lt decided to mark the 50th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in this way. The League asked the Commonwealth for assistance, and we granted £20,000 in support of the project. It did not ask for a specific amount. I understand that no disappointment has been expressed at the grant of £20,000. This is not a Government undertaking to mark the 50th anniversary of Anzac. The Commonwealth Government is marking the occasion in other ways which I think are deeply significant and which will endure. They will commemorate for a long time the fact that the Australian people honoured the 50th anniversary of Anzac in a very fitting way.

Here in our National Capital we are constructing the Anzac Way, just across the lake. That is an undertaking of no mean significance. It is costing nearly £250,000. In the future visitors to Canberra will look across the lake from this location, which will be a focal point, and will see a wide commemorative approach to the Australian War Memorial, and I am sure they will be impressed by it. I believe that this is a fitting way in which to mark the anniversary. In addition, the Government is undertaking the production of an Anzac film which will have wide circulation in Australia and probably outside this country, again to indicate what Australians think of this very memorable occasion and how they are prepared to commemorate it. Other things are being done, such as the printing of special stamps. It is in these ways, in addition to the assistance which has been given to the R.S.L. project, that the Government is undertaking the task of suitably marking a most memorable occasion.

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