It is unacceptable that the Australian government is issuing commemorative medallions manufactured in China to World War II veterans, a Tasmanian federal MP says.
Lyons Labor MHR Brian Mitchell said he had five plastic-wrapped boxes containing medallions delivered to his electorate office, to be distributed to surviving veterans in his community.
But he was disturbed to find a small “Made in China” sticker on one of the boxes.
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“A thoughtful gesture to surviving veterans has been let down by these medallions being manufactured in China,” Mr Mitchell said.
“These are official Australian government medallions presented by the Australian government on behalf of the Australian people to surviving Australian veterans. The least the government could have done is to get them made in Australia.”
“It may be acceptable for cheap souvenirs to be made overseas but I think we should demand a higher standard for official Australian government commemorative material.”
Mr Mitchell observed that just one of the five boxes he’d received had the sticker on it, leading him to believe that the government may have removed stickers in an attempt to conceal where the medallions were made.
A Veterans’ Affairs Department spokesperson said the medallions were designed by an Australian firm but were manufactured in China by a company with “experience in the production of medallions of this nature”.
“While we all might prefer the entire production of all goods to occur in Australia, it is the nature of global supply chains that many items are manufactured overseas, from everyday household goods through to items of a more specific nature,” they said.
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