The War Memorial have announced they’re giving up the fight to restrict their Roll of Honour to war service:
Today the Council of the Australian War Memorial decided that all Australian servicemen and servicewomen who die on operational service, including non-warlike operations, will be included on the Roll of Honour.
At its meeting in November 2012, the Council decided there was a need to canvas broader community and stakeholder opinion before making a final decision whether to retain or amend existing Roll of Honour criteria.
In announcing the decision to change the criteria, the Chairman of the Council Rear Admiral Ken Doolan thanked all who have provided input about this important commemoration of Defence Force personnel who have fallen in the service of our country.
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UPDATE: The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson has welcomed the decision.
“I hope that the Council’s decision brings some comfort to the families who have fought for so long to have their loved ones recognised on the Roll of Honour. The decision will not bring their loved ones back but this now publicly recognises what they have always known to be true, that the service provided by their loved ones is equal to those other brave Australians who are already recognised on the Roll of Honour,” Mr Hanson concluded.
Before entering into politics in 2008, Mr Hanson served 22 years in the Australian Army, including service as a peacekeeper in East Timor and on warlike operations in Iraq.