IS THE MCGOWAN GOVERNMENT OUT OF STEP WITH THE COMMUNITY ABOUT ANZAC DAY? In a time of global tension and a Covid -19 pandemic – ANZAC day brings together all Australian’s, venerates tradition and promotes a sense of cohesive national identity.
According to the Institute of Public Affairs, the ANZAC spirit lies at the core of Australian values. Help preserve and extend the Australian way of life. The week before WA went into lock down, Government Minister Paul Papalia was accused of insulting military veterans, he said he would rather spend money on living veterans than ANZAC Day.
It was an unusual comment from Defence Issues Minister, Papalia given that ANZAC day is ingrained in West Australia’s customs and cultural heritage.
Mr Papalia has denied being insensitive when he said he would rather spend money on living veterans than ANZAC Day. He said, “We should of course remember the ANZACs, but they are all gone,”. The Minster also said that ANZAC Day services were not a government activity. The Premier defended Mr. Papalia’s comments.
A few days before evidence of community infection, the McGowan government dismissed calls for extra state funding to get suburban ANZAC Day events off the ground.
The ANZAC day celebrations have been passed onto generations and Australian citizens continue to show their great appreciation.