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Would a major indigenous monument be a better idea than expanding the AWM?

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The Carillon was lit up for Reconciliation Week 2020. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Despite protests from multiple sources, Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced before Christmas that the controversial extension to the Australian War Memorial will go ahead.

The $500 million cost of expanding an already well funded and major institution has been the subject of robust debate as critics and proponents argue over whether it’s necessary or wise.

The ANU’s Professor Mark Kenny, who gave last year’s Henry Parkes Oration at the Museum of Australian Democracy, thinks we could do better.

Rather than expanding the War Memorial, he says we need to make a permanent and significant gesture towards reconciliation with a major building or…



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