Letter from Patrick O'Hara, 21 August, 2017

There it is for all to see. The Australian War Memorial, on grand display, in an advertisement at the Canberra airport. The brightly lit image displays a family, mum, dad and the kids, standing beside the Pool of Reflection.

Rather emotional and respectful really. However, the advertisement itself is positioned in between two similar size advertisements for two international arms manufacturers.

By pure chance perhaps?

No, I don't think so. Marketing people are too clever and too thorough.

Given the recent statement by Christopher Pyne announcing the establishment of an Australia arms export industry these images are a great example of industry and government exploiting the sacrifice of those who died for this country and a betrayal of Charles Bean's legacy.

Patrick O'Hara, Isaacs