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War Memorial at breaking point

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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


The Australian War Memorial’s annual report has revealed pending staffing cuts of more than 20 staff, following 17 unnamed already, and the axing of highly-successful open days and Christmas carols.

This comes after it was revealed last week that closing one day a week was considered as a cost cutting measure.

“Labor have ripped millions and millions of dollars out of the AWM and now they wonder why things are going down hill,” Senator Gary Humphries said today.

“Everything spells very bad news for the War Memorial and, thanks to Labor’s disinvestment, they are now at breaking point.

“The reality is that Labor have ripped $7 million out of the Memorial since the Coalition left office in 2007.

“It’s all well and good for the Prime Minister to order a review, but it should have never reached this stage.

“The other point is that Andrew Leigh said just last week that it was inappropriate for Government to interfere in the operations of ‘independent’ institutions like the War Memorial.

“Yet Ms Gillard’s review does just that.

“The Australian War Memorial is one of Australia’s, and Canberra’s, premier institutions which represents - in the ANZAC tradition - the true Australian spirit.

“Labor must cut the spin and start to pay some much needed attention to the War Memorial,” Senator Humphries concluded.

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