Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Australian War Memorial
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) there is a tremendous amount of public opposition to the redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial, both within the Australian Capital Territory community and across the country, as evidenced by the record number of 601 submissions, of which only 3 supported the redevelopment proposal as it is,
(iii) the early works program as proposed is so extensive as to make the full project a foregone conclusion, and
(iv) the approval is subject to appeal and there is a significant possibility that it will be appealed; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to request that the Australian War Memorial not commence any works until all appeals processes are concluded.
The National Capital Authority consideration of the Australian War Memorial development was one of several processes that independently considered the project. The Public Works Committee also considered the need, scope, cost, purpose and value for money of the proposed works and the parliament agreed to the expediency motion to carry out the project in February 2021. Heritage aspects were assessed in accordance with the EPBC Act. Following this, the proposal was approved, with conditions, in December of last year. The NCA considered all issues raised and concluded that the proposal is not inconsistent with the National Capital Plan.
The question is that motion No. 1126 be agreed to.
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