The Guardian has reported on figures released to the Senate, showing the AWM accepted $830,000 from weapons manufacturers in three years.
We told reporter Christopher Knaus:
“The paltry amounts that the weapons companies give to the Memorial – about $228,500 total for the last financial year – are a tiny percentage of the institution’s budget, and yet they are sufficient to essentially buy a range of benefits,”
We welcomed new AWM Director Kim Beazley’s position on the Frontier Wars, but were doubtful Beazley would change policy on taking money from weapons companies. Beazley is still on the board of defence contractor Luerssen Australia and was formerly on the board of Lockheed Martin.