Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Colin de Grussa has called on the Premier to reveal the trigger points required to remove Level 2 restrictions and provide certainty around ANZAC Day services.
Mr de Grussa welcomed RSLWA’s responsible approach to this year’s events given the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the community and ambiguity around when rules will end.
“It is imperative that the McGowan Government provides clarity to RSLWA on the pathway forward in the event infection rates diminish ahead of April 25,” Mr de Grussa said.
“There needs to be direction on what might be possible in terms of relaxing restrictions and detail around the exact trigger points required for rules to be eased.
“Understandably, West Australians are questioning how Optus Stadium can hold 30,000 people for a football match but attendance at dawn services is capped at 500 people.
“ANZAC Day holds such an important place in the hearts of all West Australians – public safety is always paramount, nevertheless it is incredibly important that people can safely participate in dawn services.”
Mr de Grussa said “driveway dawn services” proved to be a great success over the past two years and may have to remain the only meaningful way for many to pay their respects within their own community.
“I encourage West Australians who cannot make it to other services to stand on their driveways, their balconies, even their farm gates, at dawn and tune in to one of the many broadcasts available.
“ANZAC Day has and always will remain an intrinsic part of Australia’s history, and we must always remember the sacrifices those who fought in war and conflicts made for our country.”