Should Australians help pay for the Notre Dame rebuild?
The world remains in shock at the destruction of much of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The main spire and roof collapsed after a blaze tore through the 850-year-old French icon. with many priceless relics lost.
As investigators try to determine the cause of the blaze, donations towards the restoration have been pouring in.
A fund of this kind would have DGR status and would enable individual Australians & foundations if they wished to make a contribution. If the Australian Government wished to make a direct contribution it could do so as well. Many precedents.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) April 15, 2019
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia should immediately offer financial assistance.
Labor leader Bill Shorten agrees saying, “Notre Dame doesn’t just belong to Paris or France, it belongs to the world”.
But the Prime Minister has dismissed the suggestions saying France is a “very prosperous nation” and can look after the rebuild itself.
Approximately half a billion dollars has already been pledged by French billionaires and their companies.
So, should Australia contribute to the cause?
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fischer chats with Natalie Peters and Edwina Bartholomew about what the Catholic community’s response will be.
“We’re discussing at the moment, setting up some kind of fund.”
Click PLAY below to hear the Archbishop’s full response to the Notre Dame fire