War Graves

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will provide funding for perpetual grave leases for war veterans in dedicated RSL approved burial sites.

The Problem

State and territory governments have responsibility for the graves of many war veterans. The Federal Government’s responsibility covers only the graves of Australians who died while fighting overseas.

As a result, the New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory Governments provide funds to ensure the graves of war veterans are kept in perpetuity.

In South Australia, all graves are purchased through a 25-year lease. When the lease expires, a family member must repurchase it for the following 25 years or the grave is removed.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will provide funding for perpetual grave leases for war veterans in dedicated RSL approved burial sites.

Our move will ensure ongoing tenure for more than 8,000 plots at an approximate cost of $300,000 per year.

Our soldiers put their lives on the line to protect our country and they deserve our continuing respect.

Given the service they have provided to their nation in its war efforts, maintaining their grave sites is the very least a government can do.