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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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Prime Minister flags Arlington-style war cemetery for Canberra
thebrownstreak69 8:52 am 21 Oct 13

Thumper said :

No, just no…

Leave it to the yanks, they do this thing well, we don’t. We’ll end up with bogans in Australian flag capes drinking bundies and running around like fucking idiots and telling everyone that doesn’t agree with them that they’re not Oztraylian mate…

Sigh….

Besides, how cool is it to rock up to a nondescript country town to find, to your surprise that (insert whomever) is buried there.

+1.

Mr Evil 8:31 am 21 Oct 13

I nominate Sir John Kerr as a candidate for re-interment in any proposed national cemetery, as just reward for the favour he did Australia back in 1975!

Deref 8:25 am 21 Oct 13

davo101 said :

Anyway if it’s going to be like Arlington it needs to be just across the border in Queanbeyan on land confiscated from someone you really don’t like.

+1

I suggest Bob Winnell’s (sp?) place.

Initially I opposed this idea as simply another piece of jingoistic 1950s-style chest beating by this abominable little man. But then I thought that if they promised to bury him there – soon – I’d wholeheartedly support it.

JC 7:35 am 21 Oct 13

banco said :

Not really surprised that the left wing luvvies don’t like this idea.

“making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep”

Not really surprised that the right wing war mongers love this idea.

Personally don’t see the need, happy to hear some arguments as to why we do need one considering that we already have excellent memorials to the memories of those that fought for us and as a nation we don’t like to celebrate/glorify the dead.

Thumper 11:23 pm 20 Oct 13

No, just no…

Leave it to the yanks, they do this thing well, we don’t. We’ll end up with bogans in Australian flag capes drinking bundies and running around like fucking idiots and telling everyone that doesn’t agree with them that they’re not Oztraylian mate…

Sigh….

Besides, how cool is it to rock up to a nondescript country town to find, to your surprise that (insert whomever) is buried there.

DrKoresh 11:10 pm 20 Oct 13

banco said :

Not really surprised that the left wing luvvies don’t like this idea.

“making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep”

Guard us from what? Terrorists? Refugees?

banco 9:28 pm 20 Oct 13

Not really surprised that the left wing luvvies don’t like this idea.

“making mock of uniforms that guard you while you sleep”

Masquara 7:44 pm 20 Oct 13

Jethro said :

For example, would Kerry Packer have qualified? I’m guessing John Howard would have thought so, but there certainly would have been a fair bit of opposition to that.

I don’t recall Kerry Packer serving as Prime Minister or dying while serving in the armed forces or as a peacekeeper …. I don’t think anyone is touting a cemetary for the rich & famous.

Where soldiers’ partners are buried is more of an issue. e.g. I thought it was terribly sad that the architect from Tasmania recently murdered in Nairobi was separated from his partner in death. He was buried in Tasmania. She and their nine-month unborn baby were buried in Europe. I imagine many families offered an “Arboretum burial” (GREAT idea!) would refuse unless the partner could “join them” eventually.

Eek what a morbid subject!

Postalgeek 7:35 pm 20 Oct 13

So what’s the criteria that determines ‘significant’ war dead as opposed to ‘insignificant’ war dead?

JessP 5:35 pm 20 Oct 13

Finally a suitable use for the Arboretum…..

Jethro 4:58 pm 20 Oct 13

JB said: 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

From the article: Two years ago the RSL national executive deferred a decision on a proposal from the Victorian branch for a cemetery in Canberra for soldiers killed in action, Victoria Cross winners, former governors-general and former prime ministers.

Hopefully if this does get up the criteria would be more what Johnboy is suggesting and not as restrictive as what is suggested in the article.

Of course, the politics of who would and would not qualify for burial at the site would be fairly complex. Great people often make many enemies. Who would make the call as to whether or not someone should be buried at a National Cemetry? The Prime Minister of the day? An independent body?

For example, would Kerry Packer have qualified? I’m guessing John Howard would have thought so, but there certainly would have been a fair bit of opposition to that.

c_c™ 3:25 pm 20 Oct 13

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?

Martlark 1:18 pm 20 Oct 13

A national cemetery and memorial chapel for ‘Australians of Note’ ™ is an excellent idea. I’m all for it.

trevar 7:32 am 20 Oct 13

Given the current state of national affairs, I don’t think a civil war is a bad idea.

However, on the notion of a war cemetery, I hardly see why we’d need to glorify war and celebritise its victims the way the Yanks do. An unknown soldier is quite sufficient.

davo101 12:37 pm 19 Oct 13

Nice to know I wasn’t the only person who thought that we would need a civil war to fill it.

Anyway if it’s going to be like Arlington it needs to be just across the border in Queanbeyan on land confiscated from someone you really don’t like.

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