New theatre of war
I was aware that Brendan Nelson was wanting
$500 million to expand the Australian War Memorial before I read your editorial, “Nelson’s new column” (April 28–May 4). I didn’t realise that this was to celebrate the work of the Australian Border Force in “keeping our borders safe”, as we are regularly reminded. I am sure some of this work is difficult, dangerous and very unpleasant at times, but the militarisation of customs and excise, the military-style uniforms and the veil of secrecy over “on water matters” along with the massive hidden cost of all this does make you wonder what this new edifice will contain. Could it be dioramas of boats being turned back or captains of boats being paid bribes to return to where they came, or scale models of the camps on Manus Island? As it is a war memorial, it would appear that Brendan Nelson, Michael Pezzullo et al see all of this as a theatre of war. Shame on them and all our leaders who condone what is being done in our name.
– Tony Healy, Balwyn North, Vic