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by JEFF KILDEA
The interest, fascination even, that Australians have always had with the First World War has, over the past 25 years,
intensified.1 So much so, that the Australian government felt it necessary to commit $140 million (€88 million) towards commemorations of the centenary of the war (about 50 per cent more than the United Kingdom), a commitment which was confirmed when, despite a cost-cutting budget, the figure in 2014 was increased to $150 million (€94 million). The six Australian states and business interests are expected to match this federal government commitment