Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — On another matter, I further welcome the government’s announcement that a new war memorial to honour those who served in the Korean War will be built in Maribyrnong Quarry Park in my electorate. I congratulate the Korean consulate general and the Victorian division of the Korean Veterans Association of Australia, who strongly advocated for the creation of this memorial. I also commend the Minister for Veterans, John Eren, for his commitment to making sure that it happened. More than 17 000 Australians served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. In that war 339 Australians tragically lost their lives and another 1200 were wounded. The Andrews Labor government has provided $100 000 towards the new memorial, the Korean War Memorial Committee has provided $150 000 and the Republic of Korea, $300 000, which was announced last year.

9 May 2017