26 June 2023

Probing the polls: War Memorial woes and a freezing Canberra winter

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Do you like a cracking frost on a cold Canberra morning? Photo: File.

How we think about war and tell its stories is a complex matter, highlighted by the dilemma the Australian War Memorial faces over Ben Roberts Smith’s medals and uniform, both currently on display.

How should the AWM respond in the wake of defamation trial findings that it’s most likely he did, in fact, commit war crimes? Should the display be removed, or is it better to leave it in place and add more information about his role in Afghanistan?

We asked, Should the AWM remove Ben Roberts-Smith’s uniform and medals from display? 1136 readers voted and the results were close.

Your options to vote were: No, leave the display and explain what happened. This received 56 per cent of the total, or 641 votes. Alternatively, you could choose Yes, we’ve all been disgraced. This received 44 per cent of the total, or 495 votes.

This week, we’re wondering how you feel about the cold snap Canberra is experiencing. Recent temperatures have been the coldest we’ve experienced so far this year.

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Meteorologists say there’s nothing particularly unusual about the weather at this time of year, it’s more that the change is sudden after weeks of relatively mild days and nights.

A cold front crossing the south-east of the country has already brought snow to the Alpine regions and the Snowy Mountains, and Weatherzone’s Anthony Sharwood wrote last Monday that “it’s absolutely chucking down the snow in the Australian Alps on Monday morning, with the heaviest stuff still to come this afternoon”.

That’s good news for the Snowys’ ski resorts ahead of the school holidays.

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For some, it’s a welcome return to winters of old, when the ice cracked beneath our feet, the puddles were frozen solid and starting the car required a 10-minute ice removal operation to kept the windscreen intact.

The local advantage compared to most other Australian cities is, of course, that a hard frost or a deep fog first thing in the morning usually means a clear sunny day ahead with bright skies overhead.

Others are shivering through the single-digit temperatures, wearing their puffer jackets to bed and wishing they were in Sydney. Or Byron Bay. Or Port Douglas, where the only thing frozen is the margaritas (not your toes).

Our question this week is:

Do you like the cold weather?

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