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Howard’s Anzac Fictions and the Ageing Adolescence of Oz

Andrew Fisher, first majority Prime Minister 1910-1913, and twice more PM

[Published 30 April on Independent Australia, with informative comments.]

With the last of the centenary Anzac commemorations behind us, perhaps we can look more closely at the source of some current attitudes.

For nearly two decades government agencies have been quietly filling our kids’ heads with right-wing propaganda. Not only was the Australian nation allegedly forged in the crucible of Gallipoli, but our noble and gallant boys were fighting for democracy and freedom. The ‘Anzac spirit’, also born at Gallipoli, has infused every great thing we have done ever since.

The claims are fiction, one long-standing, the others rather newer.

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Honour the ANZACs by not repeating the folly

[Published 18 April in the Braidwood Times and Goulburn Post. Others pending?]

Nothing that follows is to dishonour the bravery and sacrifice of the young Australians who suffered and died in World War I.

However if we are to avoid repeating such disasters we need a larger and clearer perspective than we have been getting from much of the commentary, official and unofficial, marking the centenary of the war.

The Australian nation was not forged at Gallipoli or any other foreign battlefield. There was already a vigorous nation by 1913.

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