Cuts to Australian War Memorial: will it effect Heritage Tourism

The decision by the Gillard Labor Government to cut one in five jobs at the Australian War Memorial is just a saddening and offensive affront to the memory of our fallen.

“In a speech last year, the Memorial’s current Director, Major General Steve Gower AO (Mil) (Ret’d) said: “We will need extra staff to cope… I predict the (Australian War Memorial) will be very busy over the next eight years.

“It is unfortunate that the Gillard Labor Government has chosen to think that the Memorial has too many staff to deal with what is an ever increasing workload.

In 2008 Marylou Pooley was the winner of Outstanding Contribution by an Individual. During her ten years at the Memorial she has been instrumental in positioning the War Memorial as one of the world’s great museums and an Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame inductee.

There should be no question that our most significant and internationally recognised memorial to our fallen be funded fully and properly. The Australian War Memorial is also a major heritage tourism attraction not just for Australian but also overseas tourists.

Federal Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash has urged all, to flag their direct support of the War Memorial by writing a letter of protest to the Prime Minister

 “How this government can commit to cutting one in five jobs at the Australian War Memorial, especially as we approach the Centenary of the ANZAC, is beyond me”. she said.

Do you think this decision by the Gillard Labor Government will effect Tourism.


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