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Prime Minister flags Arlington-style war cemetery for Canberra

By WilliamZ 19 October 2013 26

Finally a suitable use for Haig Park!!!

[ED – The SMH explains.

While the concept of a National Cemetary may have merits any linkage to Arlington shows facile ignorance (looking at you Tones) unless they’re planning a brutal protracted civil war to kick it off.

What is being proposed would work better as a National Cathedral for the interrment, Westminster Abbey style, of great Australians from all fields of endeavour]

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Pork Hunt 9:56 am 22 Oct 13

Masquara said :

johnboy said :

I’d say anyone who’s been nominated for Australian of the Year. Winners of major international academic medals, nobel prizes and near peer equivalents, and the VC winners for good measure.

While we’re at it give the options to all holders of Companion of the Order of Australia (assuming we don’t finally get the knighthoods back), there’s just 406 of them right now and they won’t all want in.

AC awarded for “Eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large” which sounds about right.

How many women among your contenders there, JB? Two per cent maybe?

It’s not his fault women live longer…

Grail 7:57 am 22 Oct 13

Tony wants to build the cemetery on ACT land, rather than commonwealth land. So who pays for construction, maintenance and upkeep?

I already pay enough taxes to maintain the gold-plated infrastructure (seriously: three lanes each direction in a down of 300,000 people?) we were left with by the Federal Government. I’m no fan of a centralised war cemetery either: why can’t Australian towns have the honour of interring the famous people who were born/lived there?

schmeah 7:43 am 22 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

It’s a disgusting idea in every possible way. But then it’s just the sort of idea you’d expect from Abbott and his buddies in the RSL, both stuck in another era. Do they think there’s going to be a growth in demand for war burials, planning to whoop the Kaiser are they?

Just a FYI, my understanding is that the RSL is opposed to the idea. Mostly because they envisaged this proposal to require the long composted bones of men in Flanders to be ripped up and transported back to Australia. When I first heard this, I was convinced it came out of a focus group session from The Hollowmen .. laughable really.

Masquara 9:11 pm 21 Oct 13

johnboy said :

I’d say anyone who’s been nominated for Australian of the Year. Winners of major international academic medals, nobel prizes and near peer equivalents, and the VC winners for good measure.

While we’re at it give the options to all holders of Companion of the Order of Australia (assuming we don’t finally get the knighthoods back), there’s just 406 of them right now and they won’t all want in.

AC awarded for “Eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large” which sounds about right.

How many women among your contenders there, JB? Two per cent maybe?

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