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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 4081

Mr SPEAKER - Is the Minister seeking the indulgence of the House or seeking leave to make a statement? I have already asked whether there were any ministerial statements.

Mr ENDERBY - I seek leave to make a personal explanation, Mr Speaker.

Mr SPEAKER - Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ENDERBY - Yes, I do. In this morning's issue of the 'Canberra Times' there is an article which referred to me and which was headed 'Memorial model "too warlike" '. The article states:

A life-sized figure depicting Vietcong in action in South Vietnam has been removed from the Australian War Memorial following representations by the Member for the ACT, Mr Enderby.

The article went on to describe how a military officer had telephoned the 'Canberra Times' about the change in the display, stating that the change disgusted him and his colleagues. The suggestion was that I had taken a view about the display and objected to it being there. The truth of the matter is that I have not seen the display and did not even know of its existence. In my capacity as the member for the Australian Capital Territory I received a letter from a gentleman in Armidale, New South Wales, expressing a certain point of view about it. My secretary forwarded it to the Special Minister of State (Senator Willesee) for his comments. He referred it to the trustees of the Australian War Memorial. They investigated the situation and, I gather, took certain action on their own behalf. I just wanted to correct the situation in that respect, Mr Speaker.

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