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Anzac Day, Propaganda, and the Making of Endless Wars

Anzac Day will soon be upon us and publicity surrounding the centenary has reached fever pitch. But what is really going on?

Last wednesday, I attended a forum  1,258 more words


Three weeks on...

It is now three weeks since the 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, “Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century,” commenced.

Radio station 3CR has begun its series of broadcasts reflecting on the conference generally and several  of the papers in particular. 136 more words

Labour History

What's Wrong with Anzac? by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages, so I was pleased to see it at the library.

What’s Wrong with Anzac? The Militarisation of Australian History… 1,587 more words


Is Australia one of the most Militaristic Countries in the World?

‘In no other country has military experience in foreign wars become so central to a nation’s sense of itself and its national identity.’ (Lake, 2010, p.22) 832 more words

Leaning in

In Australia, the ascent of a female prime minister has brokered an open, passionate embrace of the parliamentary order by several ex-radicals and self-described socialists. Few hints of restraint or scruple are apparent. 2,907 more words


Anzac: less aesthetics, more politics

Jeff Sparrow in Overland argues that Anzac Day has become anti-political by depicting war as transcendental, far removed from the ordinary life of late-modern capitalism. We would rather not talk about the politics of the Great War – the anti-war protests in the Domain, the complex dynamics of the… 220 more words


Australian values founded in fairness, not war

Defining our values is a struggle for the nation’s soul

With debate in some quarters moving from ‘greed is good’ to ‘more greed is even better’, historian Marilyn Lake says it is time to refocus the attention of politicians and young people on the nation’s foundation ideal of Australia as ‘a land of equal opportunities’. 542 more words

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