April 4 – Council seeks position of State and Federal Governments on ‘Comfort Women’ memorial
4 April 2014
Strathfield Council has contacted the State and Federals Governments regarding the proposal received from the Korean Committee of the United Austral Korean-Chinese Alliance Against Japanese War Crimes for the erection a ‘3 girls’ statue to commemorate the war sex victims of World War II in Strathfield.
Due to the sensitive nature of the proposal, Council, at the April Council Meeting, resolved to seek the position of the State and Federal Governments in dealing with this proposal.
Mayor of Strathfield, Cr Bott explained the nature of the decision.
“After hearing from a number of speakers and receiving petitions from those for and against the proposal, it is clear that this matter evokes a great deal of emotional concern and strong opinion,” Cr Bott said.
“Councillors felt that the proposal is not strictly a Local Government matter and as a result, are seeking to obtain the position of the State and Federal Governments.”
Council has contacted the following Government Ministers regarding this issue and will now await responses.
- Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott
- Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Julie Bishop
- Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
- Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
- Premier, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell
- Minister for Citizenship and Communities, The Hon. Victor Dominello
- Minister for Women, The Hon. Pru Goward