Re­mem­ber peace

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA -

If the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial is set to be­come a his­tory mu­seum of all con­flicts, then as a con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor af­ter be­ing con­scripted as an 18-year-old in 1968, I hope it will in­clude a sec­tion on the im­por­tant his­tory of the peace move­ment in Aus­tralia.

This should start with the two ref­er­en­dums against con­scrip­tion in World War I and the mas­sive mora­to­rium demon­stra­tions, which led to the with­drawal of troops from the ill-fated Viet­nam war.

Th­ese are events that have truly shaped the Aus­tralian story.

Sadly, the only place that I have seen th­ese events re­mem­bered is in the war mu­se­ums in Viet­nam. COLIN HUGHES Mid­land

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