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Chief Minister to spend our money on embarrassing the Federales.

By johnboy 4 September 2005 5

Well Leonard Cohen said he couldn’t keep track of each fallen robin. But ABC Online have reported the Chief Minister is pushing for a memorial on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for the Sinking of the SIEV-X (Wikipedia have a page on this issue here). The memorial campaign has a webpage up here.

ABC Online also have a later report that the NCA hold to a fortunate rule of not considering applications for a memorial until ten years after the event (otherwise imagine the chaos that would ensue).

Of course what’s to stop our memorial builders raising the funds through public subscription (fund raising appeal) and putting it on Lake Ginninderra or Tuggeranong? While we’re at it, where’s the plan for a memoral to the Vietnamese who died because Gough Whitlam ordered Australian forces to give no aid to the evacuation of South Vietnam in 1975?

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Thumper 2:51 pm 06 Sep 05


why don’t we just send an ACT exploration party out and find the real thing then give it to the National Museum or CMAG. I’m sure they’d love it.

Maelinar 1:00 pm 06 Sep 05

I have just the location for it.

Right at the bottom of LBG.

Mr Evil 9:56 am 05 Sep 05

Because it’s our fault. It’s our fault for being white, for living in Canberra, for living in Australia, for having money, for every-bloody-thing that has ever happened anywhere! It’s called the black-armband view of history.

Thumper 8:30 am 05 Sep 05

What the fuck? Is this April fools day?

Why the hell should we have a memorial to a leaky refugee ship that sunk quite a long way from Canberra.

What has this got in any shape or form to do with Canberra?

Mr Evil 8:00 am 05 Sep 05

Typical, the ‘artists’ and ‘writers’ lobby are pushing this. They’re just the sort that are right into the conspiracy theory that an Australian warship spotted the SIEV-X survivors in the water, but then turned away.
Are the ‘artists’ and ‘writers’ going to use their own money to pay for this memorial??????

I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the Whitlam Vietnamese memorial: it’s hard enough to get a balanced debate about Whitlam’s legacy in this country, let alone get anyone to admit that ‘Saint’ Gough did anything wrong.

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