Why Australia Fights Other People’s Wars

The wars Australia fought in the twentieth century are long over, and we are as we are, for better or worse. So does it matter in whose interests those wars were fought? I think it does matter, profoundly. It matters for three reasons: the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Past matters, because my father fought from first to last in the Great War, was wounded often and severely, and was once given up for dead, and because his identical twin brother was killed, at his side. “What passing-bells” (that is, death knells for those passing over to the…

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