ANZAC Memorial Incident

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello and RSL NSW President Don Rowe OAM have condemned an attack on the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park in which an Australian flag was removed and desecrated over the Flame of Remembrance.

“Not only is this criminal behaviour, its deeply disrespectful of the Memorial and all it represents.

“The ANZAC Memorial is a public space which is always open for people to visit and pay their respects. The flame of remembrance within it provides a site for quiet contemplation.

“It is deeply concerning that any person would seek to desecrate the Australian flag. Doing so on this sacred site makes it all the more reprehensible,” Mr Dominello said.

Mr Rowe said, “Veterans and their families will be outraged by this attack on a sacred monument dedicated to thousands of Australians who have fought and died for their country.

“I urge members of the public who may have further information about this act of desecration which took place at Hyde Park today to contact NSW Police,” Mr Rowe said.

NSW Police is currently investigating the incident and issued a statement this afternoon
describing the suspect as a woman of Caucasian appearance aged between 35 and 45. Emergency Services were called to the incident at 12.40pm today.