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Gallipoli Report: Australian Government culpable for desecration of Anzac Cove.

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ALAN GRIFFIN MP Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Federal Member for Bruce GALLIPOLI REPORT: AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CULPABLE FOR DESECRATION OF ANZAC COVE The Senate Inquiry into matters relating to the Gallipoli Peninsula has found that the Australian Government was asleep at the wheel and culpable for the desecration of ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli. The inquiry found that the Australian Government was culpable for the damaging ANZAC Cove after Australian officials were aware of the road works but failed to monitor the work being undertaken by the Turkish Government. The inquiry also found that the Australian Government failed to adequately investigate the uncovering of human remains and relied on cursory examinations and inadequate advice. Every Government since World War I whether Labor or Liberal has been given the task to hold safe this important military-historic site. This has not occurred under the Howard Government and they should stand condemned by the current generation and will be held in contempt by future generations for failing to do so. Labor will look carefully at the recommendation of the creation of a Joint Standing Committee on Military Commemorations. Since its election nine long years ago, the Howard Government has overseen massive cost blowouts in memorial constructions, delayed roll outs of medallions and the desecration of ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli and Hell Fire pass. These issues are too important to be left in the hands of successive incompetent Ministers like Vale and Kelly. If there is a role for a parliamentary committee to oversee military commemorations then Labor will consider such a proposal. The Government stands condemned by this report and serious considerations of its recommendations should be addressed by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs without delay. Media contact: Alan Griffin - 0419 353 476 Chris Reilly - 0417 122 343