Quadrant Dinner: Anzac and Its Enemies

Mervyn Bendle introduces his new book


at the next Quadrant dinner: Wednesday, April 22
Union, University & Schools Club, Sydney


anzac and its enemies

Forged 100 years ago in the bloody cauldron of the Great War, the Anzac Legend represents the values of courage, initiative, egalitarianism, mateship, loyalty and sacrifice. The Australian people embraced it as the core of the national identity of their new country. However, it has been under attack ever since by left-wing activists determined to destroy it.

The assault was begun by Communists in the post-WWI era and intensified during the “cultural revolution” of the Sixties. Today, the anti-Anzacs include former PM Paul Keating, academics at the ANU and the Australian Defence Force Academy, and many within the arts and the ABC. They argue the Anzacs died in vain in an imperialist war and the legend is a reactionary fable that justifies militarism, sexism and ethnic oppression. They label it a myth invoked to justify current military actions in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

In Anzac and Its Enemies: The History War Against Australia’s National Identity (Quadrant Books), Mervyn Bendle explores the origins of the legend and dissects the long campaign against it by leftist politicians, intellectuals, and sections of the media. Mervyn Bendle is well-known as a frequent contributor to Quadrant. His book will be on sale at the dinner and he will be pleased to sign copies.


Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 22             Drinks 6pm–7pm; dinner 7pm

Cost: $84 per person.                    Dress: Jacket and tie


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