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Rolf Gerritsen reviews Anne Scrimgeour’s On Red Earth Walking: The Pilbara Aboriginal Strike, Western Australia 1946-1949
Yorick Smaal and Mark Finnane on Australian courts martial during World War I
Romain Fathi’s submission to a Senate inquiry trenchantly criticises Australian commemorative efforts in France
A build for the times – or an extravagant folly?
What role can the War Memorial play in helping service people dealing with psychological stress? What evidence exists for the claim that it can?
Elizabeth Farrelly, architecture critic, asks whether the ‘dull, wasteful, overblown and smug’ War Memorial expansion is the best we can do
Total Australian spend on Anzac centenary is around $A600 million – or $1.1 billion if you include proposed War Memorial extensions
Arms and the Memorial: let’s spend on health, not arms and submarines
Senator Steele-John speaks out against arms company donations to the Australian War Memorial (pic: Wikipedia) See also: Memorial gets donations from the big arms company players but it is only ‘small change’ to them; Michelle Fahy on how Australia flogs armaments to overseas bidders; David Stephens on the Nelsonian legacy; David Stephens and Sue Wareham on 3CR; Sue Wareham on prioritising health spending rather than arms spending
Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been