Australian War Memorial funding under fire

An open letter from over 80 prominent Australians has criticised the proposed upgrade of this iconic Canberra institution.
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Building works at the Australian War Memorial are raising questions about how our history is being told. Image via Shutterstock.

The Australian War Memorial’s (AWM) planned $498 million expansion has drawn criticism from historians, writers, former employees of the AWM and other prominent Australians in an open letter published last week.

More than 80 signatories – including Don Watson, Gillian Triggs, Henry Reynolds, Jeff Sparrow, Paul Daley and Clare Wright – have voiced their concern about the money being spent to support the expansion of an already well funded institution.

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George Dunford is Content Director at ArtsHub and Screenhub. He has written for Meanjin, The Big Issue, Lonely Planet, The Good Food Guide and others. He has worked in digital leadership roles in the cultural sector for more than 10 years including at the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Wheeler Centre. Twitter: @Hack_packer Instagram: george.dunford

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