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Labor could force War Memorial closure



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SENATOR GARY HUMPHRIES

Liberal Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel

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LABOR COULD FORCE WAR MEMORIAL CLOSURE

The Australian War Memorial Council discussed closing the Memorial one day a week to meet the cost of Labor’s reckless spending.

In Senate Estimates on Tuesday night, the War Memorial’s Director confirmed that consideration was given, although not ultimately actioned, to close the Memorial one day per week because of Labor’s funding cuts.

“I am appalled that Labor’s budgetary ineptitude is to be paid for by the Australian War Memorial”, Senator Gary Humphries said today.

“Labor’s track record on War Memorial funding is a disgrace, with revelations last year that the solemn ‘Last Post’ ceremony would have to be funded by a corporate sponsor following Labor’s funding cuts.

“As Australia prepares to commemorate the important centenary milestones of the Great War, including the landing at Gallipoli, surely now is not the time to cut funding.

“This also puts works at the Memorial, including a refit of World War 1 and 2 galleries in time for the Centenary, under real doubt.

“Australians expect that our unique War Memorial is appropriately resourced by government. All Australians should expect no less than a well-maintained, staffed and resourced facility to commemorate the tens of thousands of Australians who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“It seems Labor only wants us to remember them six days a week.

“I call on the Government to reverse its decision to slash funding to the Australian War Memorial,” Senator Humphries concluded.

20 October 2010 Media Contact is Josh Manuatu on 0421 115 365