Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a huge boost to the proposal to create an Arlington-style national war cemetery in Canberra.


He suggested on Friday a national war cemetery could be built in the ACT to commemorate the Anzac centenary in 2015.

It is believed the plan, previously flagged by the RSL, would have to be approved by the Canberra National Memorials Committee – which he chairs.

The RSL and Australian War Memorial were caught unawares by Mr Abbott’s suggestion, made in a speech to Legacy’s national conference in Brisbane.

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