‘Australian War Memorial cannot be given “blank cheque” to cover cost blowouts, Labor MP says‘, Guardian Australia, 31 August 2022
No blank cheque remark comes from ACT Labor MP, David Smith, from this week. Smith had been a dissenter on 2021 Public Works Committee report (though not strongly against the project as a whole).
Response from War Memorial, also from this week, referring to cost issues: ‘The AWM director, Matt Anderson, said the memorial had not requested any further funding since March, and was on track to deliver within budget. But he also raised the possibility of further pressure on construction costs.’