RSL fury over US war ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE RSL has ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of in­sen­si­tiv­ity and ineptitude for sidelin­ing it from plans to con­trib­ute to a Viet­nam War ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre in Wash­ing­ton.

The RSL na­tional ex­ec­u­tive said it only learnt of the cen­tre from me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day.

‘‘ The RSL mem­ber­ship in­cludes tens of thou­sands of Viet­nam vet­er­ans who have ev­ery right to be con­sulted about such a sig­nif­i­cant com­mem­o­ra­tive event,’’ a RSL state­ment said.

‘‘ Al­most all mem­bers of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive are Viet­nam vet­er­ans and we, along with the thou­sands of our mem­bers who fought in that war, re­sent this ex­clu­sion.

‘‘ The gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of this mat­ter has been in­sen­si­tive and in­ept.’’

Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard, Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter War­ren Snow­don and three vet­er­ans are in Wash­ing­ton for to­day’s launch of the cen­tre which will fea­ture a state-of-the-art ex­hi­bi­tion to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about the Viet­nam War.

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