On War—The Centenary of the First Conscription Referendum
On War—The Centenary of the First Conscription Referendum. Reflect on the deep divisions this referendum imposed, and its long-term effects on Australian society, with Professor Joan Beaumont, Dr John Connor, Dr Michael McKernan and Professor Peter Stanley.
In 1916, Australian Imperial Force casualty rates were so high, and volunteer enlistments so reduced, that there was a shortage of men able to fight overseas. Prime Minister Billy Hughes called a referendum, asking Australians to vote in favour of compulsory enlistment for overseas service.
In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group, the Estaminet
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