1 November 2018
The Liberal-National Government has reaffirmed the Australian War Memorial’s place as one of our nation’s premier cultural institutions by investing $498 million in a huge expansion.
The Memorial is our central monument to the brave Australian men and women who have lost their lives in defence of our nation, while also being an institution of Australian culture and identity, educating visitors from around the world on key episodes in our history that have shaped the great nation we have become.
Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the Government will be supporting the much needed expansion of the Australian War Memorial, having advocated for the expansion for a significant period of time.
“I wrote to the Prime Minister earlier this year in his previous role as Treasurer, and other Ministerial colleagues to advocate for the Government’s support of the expansion,” Senator Seselja said.
“In addition to its significance to our veterans and the nation, the War Memorial is a major contributor to the ACT economy.”
“In 2017, the Memorial welcomed 1.1 million visitors from across the country and overseas, and had 45,000 people in attendance over the two ANZAC Day services. This huge expansion will attract many more visitors to Canberra.”
“The scope of the Memorial has been extended twice since conceptualisation, first in 1941 to include the Second World War, then again in 1952 to include all Australian Wars.”
“We have a whole new generation of veterans in recent decades, and it is important their service is properly recognised alongside those who made great sacrifices in the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.”
“This expansion will allow the Memorial to continue its important work in memorialising our Defence personnel and the sacrifices made in defence of our nation and our freedom, and continue to support jobs and tourism in Canberra.”
“The Prime Minister has committed to making the Memorial’s vision for expansion a reality, with a $498 million investment from the Commonwealth,” Senator Seselja concluded.