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Remove the SIEV X memorial – Lloyd

By Ralph - 17 October 2007 84

The ABC is reporting comments by Federal Territories Minister, Jim Lloyd, who today criticised the Stanhope Government’s backhanded moves to make the SIEV X memorial in Weston Park a permanent fixture.

Minister Lloyd noted that the memorial is damaging to other permanent monuments to police and service personnel.

While the SIEV X protest art was initially meant to be a temporary structure, the Stanhope Government has granted a 12 month extension for the sculpture to remain.

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Remove the SIEV X memorial – Lloyd
Absent Diane 7:31 am 18 Oct 07

there seems to be a lot of morons on this site that get worked up about some stupid sht. Its monument GET OVER IT!

Ingeegoodbee 6:37 am 18 Oct 07

How the hell does this folly diminish other memorials – they’re all a bloody waste of space and money in the first place. I don’t see how some bloody poles in a park somewhere somehow detracts from money wasted on ANZAC parade pandering to the self importance of people who diddn’t manage to get themselves killed in a war somewhere.

Deadmandrinking 1:17 am 18 Oct 07

I agree with Hugo.
353 people died that day, 146 children, 142 women and 65 men: They were en route to Christmas Island – Australian territory. They sank in international waters, within the Australian border protection surveillance zone. They were attended to by Australian naval officers.
Whether you like it or not, Australia was involved with this tragedy. Since we are supposed to be a humane society, we should remember it fittingly, with respect to those lives lost. Your mate from ireland is a dickhead if he can’t understand this.
Should we cease the dawn services held at Gallipoli? The ANZAC’S weren’t turks where they?

‘Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.’

That’s inscribed at the memorial on Anzac cove.

Swaggie 12:37 am 18 Oct 07

Sadly there’s the local helicopter pilot who takes tourists on sightseeing tours of Canberra and flies in a circle over the stupid monument giving his sob story version of the affair, quite embarrassing having to listen to him droning on to my mate from Ireland who couldn’t give a Rat’s arse about illegal immigrants. Get rid of the damn thing.

bd84 11:28 pm 17 Oct 07

The memorial is an embarrassing reminder to all of us about the whinging idiots who are so out of touch with reality that they don’t accept that if you get on a rusty old boat and try to come to Australia illegally that it may very well sink and the passengers may die on the way.

If they wish to create a memorial i’m sure there is a cemetery in their country of origin where their families can create a memorial of their life.

I’m sure the government can put the public space to better use rather than for some useless memorial that a minority of people actually know of or infact care about.

Vic Bitterman 10:35 pm 17 Oct 07

Good on him.

That memorial is an embarrassing reminder to all of us about this government so out of touch with reality, continually syphoning money from all of our pockets for bullshit “causes”.

ant 9:08 pm 17 Oct 07

this territories dickhead allowed the airport to be bought and the buyer to run rampant, wrecking one of the main entrances to the ACT, and he is complaining about a few sticks in a park? Evidently politics are the only thing that matters, not running the territory efficiently.

sepi 8:27 pm 17 Oct 07

I might think the Greek Australian Memorial on Anzac Way has no place in Canberra, but I don’t object to it if someone else wants it there.

Nemo 8:23 pm 17 Oct 07

We need a Territories Minister because of the incompetence of our Chief minister.
A SIEV X memorial has no place in Canberra.

caf 7:42 pm 17 Oct 07

Yes they’re in charge of the NT (and Jervis Bay Territory, and the external territories). They’re the minister that the NCA reports to.

sepi 7:24 pm 17 Oct 07

Why do we need a Federal Territories Minister anyway – have they ever actually done anything For us?

They only seem to pop up to reinforce decisions the ACT doesn’t actually want – making the GDE go the long way around the AIS, moving the tent embassy etc.

Are they in charge of the NT too, or just us?
And how do they fit in with the NCA, the Leg Ass etc?

Pandy 7:10 pm 17 Oct 07

Actually, the SIEV X black arm band protest besmirches the name of our Defence forces

Hugo 7:01 pm 17 Oct 07

Taking Lloyd’s unnecessary comments to their logical conclusion, our cemetaries should be bulldozed and the land properly used.

Pandy 6:45 pm 17 Oct 07

Because the are memorials to ***Australians*** serving in our services?

GnT 6:40 pm 17 Oct 07

I must admit I haven’t been following this debate carefully, but how exactly is it ‘damaging’ other memorials?

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