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Defend the sacred
with a signature

   Initially it seemed  the Australian War Memorial would remain unavailable for a woke renovation, then-chief Brendan Nelson rejecting a proposal that the so-called ‘frontier wars’ be commemorated with a dedicated display. But then something happened to change his mind — we have no idea what — and last week Mr Nelson, no longer in charge but still on the board, did an about-face and endorsed the intrusion of race politics into a shrine to Australia’s fallen.

This was too much for author, Quadrant contributor and Vietnam veteran Peter O’Brien, who has launched a petition to stop what he describes as a sacrilege.

If you believe a shrine honouring the memory of those who gave their lives for this country should never be a stage on which activists and peddlers of twisted history strut their tawdry campaigns, then your signature belongs here.

-roger franklin


3 thoughts on “Defend the sacred
with a signature

  • NarelleG says:

    Thank you Roger – shared.

  • lhackett01 says:

    I have posted the petition link and the following words on three Facebook pages:
    “The Charter of the Australian War Memorial gives the institution discretion to tell the combat story of military forces of the crown raised in Australia before and after the establishment of the commonwealth, but the AWM has said its mission “does not extend beyond the experience of deployed Australian forces overseas in war and in peace”. The proper place for the Aboriginal struggles at the time of settlement by the British is the National Museum of Australia.”

  • JamesBowen says:

    If the council of the Australian War Memorial took time to read the founding Australian War Memorial Act of 1980 it might possibly appreciate that the so-called “Frontier Wars” have no place in a Memorial to those who died in wars in which the “Defence Force” was engaged in the defence of Australia. The only times that members of Colonial military were involved in the often deadly skirmishing between settlers and Aborigines were the very rare occasions when the military were deployed in small numbers to enforce peace between settlers and Aborigines. Perhaps it is time to review membership of the Australian War Memorial council.

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