Polling: War Memorial Development

Key results

The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,006 Australians about the proposed $500 million redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The Memorial’s redevelopment will include a southern entrance refurbishment of the main building, a new Anzac Hall connected to the main building, an extension to the Bean Building to establish a research centre, and public space improvements.

Respondents were asked what they would prefer the money to be spent on:

  • One in two (49%) Australians would prefer the money to be spent on services like health and education, including 41% of Coalition and 56% of Labor voters.
  • One in four (26%) Australians would prefer the money to be spent on veterans’ support services.
  • 13% of Australians would prefer the funds to be spent on the redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial.
Figure 1: Preference for war memorial spending on alternative projects
Figure 1: Preference for war memorial spending on alternative projects

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