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Vietnam veterans' memorial

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Ben H umphreys M inister for V eterans' A ffairs



The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Ben Humphreys, has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister on behalf of the Canberra National Memorials Committee that a site would be provided in Anzac Parade for a Vietnam veterans' memorial.

"In May, in responding to the report of Mr Justice Evatt, I indicated that the Government would support the efforts of the veterans who are raising money towards the cost of a memorial in Canberra.

"I have had several meetings with the Chairman of the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial Committee (AVFNMC). One of the factors which he felt may have been inhibiting donations from individuals or corporations was doubt about the location of

the memorial.

"Now that a site in Anzac Parade has been agreed, the fund raising effort should pick up," the Minister said.

Mr Humphreys said that while the majority of funds for the memorial would come from donations from the public and from the private sector, the Federal Government had made a commitment to contribute towards the cost.

"On 30 September I was present at the launch of two television commercials designed to encourage donations. At that time I presented the Chairman of the AVFNMC with a cheque for $12,500 to assist with the employment of a secretarial assistant who can answer telephone and written enquiries, acknowledge and receipt donations, send out appeal letters, and so on.

"This was just the first instalment of the Government's contribution," Mr Humphreys said.

The Minister said that there had been a national resurgence of interest in the Vietnam conflict.

"This has been demonstrated through the spontaneous reaction to the Welcome Home Parade in Sydney last year, and the response to the first official Vietnam Veterans' Day on 18 August this year.

"I would hope that this emotional interest can now be converted into financial contributions to the memorial and I urge everyone, individuals and corporations alike, to get behind the memorial project."

For further information contact Mary Vernon (062) 896562

10 NOV 1988

A ustralia 1788-1988