Last year, Tasmania began building a memorial garden for people who have been killed at work. South Australia has the Don Gage Memorial Walk. Queensland unveiled its new workers’ memorial on 28 April 2010. The Australian government has finally sought to establish a national memorial in Canberra in support of the International Day of Mourning.
According to media statements from the Minister for Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, and Senator Doug Cameron (former National Secretary Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) a committee will look into establishing an appropriate memorial in Canberra.
Cameron stated that
“I believe that a memorial dedicated to the memory of all Australian workers who have been killed in the workplace or as a result of diseases contracted in the workplace is long overdue.
Such a memorial would provide a national focal point for Australia’s commemoration of Workers’ Memorial Day and would honour working Australians who have tragically lost their lives as a result of work related injury or disease.”
Gillard reported said
“…that Senator Doug Cameron had worked hard on the establishment of the memorial and commended him for his tireless efforts to bring to attention the public sacrifice of all workers who have lost their lives at work.”
The committee will comprise
- Senator Gary Humphries (Liberal Party),
- Senator Kate Lundy (ALP),
- Senator John Williams (National Party) and
- Senator Rachel Siewert (Australian Greens).
A spokesperson for Senator Cameron told SafetyAtWorkBlog that the first stage of the project will be to present a brief to the National Capital Memorials Committee which meets next in June 2010. Depending on the outcomes of that meeting, the committee may consider establishing a design competition with a possible unveiling ceremony sometime around late-2012.