The Australian government’s World War I centenary celebrations

Australia: World War I centenary “celebrations” end with stepped-up militaristic propaganda

By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2018

The ongoing barrage of patriotic and pro-war rhetoric is aimed at conditioning young people for future imperialist wars.

Anzac Day 2018: Australia stages a “gender-inclusive” glorification of war

By Richard Phillips, 2 May 2018

Female veterans, including participants in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, were given pride of place in this year’s military marches.

Australian history curator Laila Ellmoos discusses 1917: The Great Strike with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips and Cheryl Crisp, 25 August 2017

“It was a complex strike, but the volume and power of these numbers was extraordinary.”

1917: The Great Strike—an engrossing exhibition about mass walkouts in wartime Australia

By Elle Chapman and Richard Phillips, 24 August 2017

The exhibition is a useful antidote to the government’s glorification of Australian involvement in World War I and shows that the home-front was dominated by intense class battles.

Australia: Anzac Day and the official silence about anti-war opposition in WWI

By Richard Phillips, 4 May 2017

Contrary to government claims, Australia in 1917 was sharply divided along class lines and its involvement in World War I deeply unpopular.

Australian Anzac Day celebrations promote militarism and war

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 April 2017

The celebrations of past conflicts were explicitly tied to Australia’s current involvement in predatory wars and military preparations.

ANZAC Heroes: Promoting war to children

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 24 March 2017

A New Zealand government-funded children’s book glorifies Australian and New Zealand involvement in World War I and II.

Sacked Australian reporter continues to challenge Anzac myths

By Richard Phillips, 28 April 2016

Former SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre posted a series of tweets on Monday opposing the promotion of militarism and war.

Oppose the political censorship of the IYSSE at Australian universities!

Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015

The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.

Australian government deepens attack on free speech and democratic rights

By Nick Beams, 24 June 2015

The attack on the ABC by “liberal” Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is his second such intervention against the right of free speech in two months.

A second open letter to the vice chancellor

Further on political censorship at the University of Sydney

By James Cogan, 6 May 2015

Socialist Equality Party national secretary James Cogan has written a second open letter to the University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence regarding the university’s ban on the SEP holding a public anti-war meeting.

Youth and workers in Australia denounce war and join international May Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2015

University students and workers in Sydney and Melbourne explain why they will be participating in the Online May Day Rally.

More details emerge over sacking of Australian journalist for challenging Anzac myth

By Mike Head, 29 April 2015

Any criticism of the Australian ruling elite’s involvement in imperialist wars, past or present, cannot be tolerated.

Anzac Day marches mobilise contingents of youth

By our reporters, 28 April 2015

The Anzac Day processions around Australia last Saturday were carefully choreographed events and far larger than in previous years. Groups of veterans from the wars and military interventions involving Australia since World War II were vastly outnumbered by serving military personnel, municipal bands and contingents of youth.

Militarised war centenary events across Australia

By Mike Head, 28 April 2015

Throughout the weekend’s events, the most prominent theme was the need to inculcate in a new young generation a willingness to lay down their lives for their country.

Australian broadcaster sacks journalist for criticising Anzac Day

Defend Scott McIntyre! Defend freedom of speech!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 April 2015

The sacking of Scott McIntyre is a transparent act of politically-motivated persecution.

Workers and youth defy Anzac Day propaganda to attend SEP anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

The SEP’s meetings were the only ones to challenge the quasi-religious atmosphere being whipped up over the centenary of Australian and New Zealand involvement in the failed Anglo-French invasion of Turkey in April 1915.

International greetings to the SEP (Australia) meetings

27 April 2015

Leaders of the International Committee of the Fourth International, an d its sections around the world, sent greetings to the Socialist Equality Party’s meetings.

Workers and young people speak at SEP (Australia) anti-war meetings

By our reporters, 27 April 2015

Workers, students, and young people who attended SEP’s meetings on Sunday entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III,” spoke to the WSWS about the issues raised as well as the attempts by Burwood Council and Sydney University to prevent the events from taking place.

Australia’s Anzac Day and the glorification of militarism and war

By Peter Symonds, 25 April 2015

The Anzac Day juggernaut is a deliberate attempt to inculcate patriotism and overwhelm anti-war sentiment in preparation for new and more terrible wars.

University of Michigan IYSSE and WSWS readers oppose ban on SEP (Australia) meeting

By our reporter, 25 April 2015

The role of Australian schools in World War I

Soldier Boys: The Militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War I

By Margaret Rees and Linda Levin, 25 April 2015

The vast majority of recruits to the Australian military during WWI were the product of a harsh and punitive system of compulsory military training.

Australia: State-funded broadcaster at forefront of Anzac glorification

By Richard Phillips, 24 April 2015

The Australian government directed the national broadcasting network to churn out hours of World War I centenary propaganda.

Sydney pacifist forum blocks motion to oppose bans on SEP’s anti-war meeting

By Mike Head, 23 April 2015

The chairman of last night’s event abruptly shut it down to prevent an SEP member asking the audience to support the SEP’s resolution.

More letters denouncing Australian city council and university bans on SEP anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 23 April 2015

Australia’s Anzac Day: Revising history in preparation for new wars

By Peter Symonds, 23 April 2015

The political establishment can no longer tolerate anything that could open an avenue for anti-war sentiment, including any questioning of martial traditions that have their roots in World War I.

Humboldt University IYSSE denounces Australian university’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 22 April 2015

The political censorship of the SEP (Australia) and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 22 April 2015

The attempt to block the SEP meeting shows the fear in ruling circles of mass anti-war sentiment being provided with a socialist and revolutionary political program.

Socialist Equality Party meetings to proceed on April 26

By the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2015

The concerted attempt to politically censor the SEP by denying it access to meeting facilities in Sydney has failed.

Socialist Equality Party supporters oppose anti-war meeting ban

By our reporter, 21 April 2015

Oppose political censorship at the University of Sydney!

An Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor

By James Cogan—National Secretary SEP (Australia), 20 April 2015

SEP national secretary James Cogan wrote to the Sydney University vice chancellor demanding that he allow the SEP the right to hire a venue at the university to hold a public anti-war meeting.

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

Growing opposition to censorship of SEP (Australia) anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 20 April 2015

Workers, students, academics, and young people from across Australia and internationally have sent letters of protest to Sydney University and Burwood Council, opposing the attempts by both institutions to block an anti-war meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP).

For an international campaign to defend the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party

Sydney University blocks SEP’s anti-war meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 18 April 2015

The university’s decision is an attack on the democratic rights not only of the SEP but of the working class in Australia and around the world.

Australian World War I “celebration” buries history of mass anti-war opposition

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 2015

One of the central lies promoted by the saturation media campaign extolling WWI is that Australia was unified in backing the imperialist war.

WSWS readers condemn Australian council ban on anti-war meeting

By our reporter, 16 April 2015

Scores of emails have been sent from the UK, France, the United States, Thailand and Australia passionately condemning the Labor-controlled council’s ban on the SEP anti-war meeting.

Letters demand Australian council reverse censorship of SEP

14 April 2015

The letters condemn the Burwood Council’s cancellation of the SEP’s booking for a public meeting entitled “Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III.”

Australian workers and youth oppose Labor council’s ban on SEP anti-war meeting

“If they wanted to honour the dead, they would have stopped all wars”

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Hundreds of people have signed petitions demanding that Burwood Council reverse its decision to block the SEP’s April 26 anti-war meeting.

Defenders of democratic rights condemn Australian council’s anti-war meeting ban

By our reporters, 13 April 2015

Letter to Burwood Council from SEP National Secretary James Cogan

13 April 2015

The following letter demanding the reversal of the cancellation of the SEP’s hall booking was sent on April 13.

Australian council cancels hall booking for SEP anti-war meeting

Defend the democratic rights of the SEP! Oppose political censorship!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 April 2015

It is already clear that Burwood Council cancelled the hall booking in a knee-jerk response to phone calls from racist and nationalist elements.

Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand:

Anzac Day, the glorification of militarism and the drive to World War III

6 April 2015

The Anzac Day celebrations are part of conscious efforts to indoctrinate youth with patriotism and drown out anti-war sentiment.

The Water Diviner: Russell Crowe’s contribution to the WWI centenary

By Richard Phillips, 14 February 2015

The movie dovetails with the Australian government’s reactionary promotion of the war centenary and the Gallipoli incursion.

“Governments want a history that reflects their agenda”

History web site secretary discusses World War I centenary

By Susan Allan, 8 January 2015

Dr David Stephens explains how the Australian government is using the World War I centenary to promote nationalism and militarism among school children.

Small audiences mark Remembrance Day in Australia

By James Cogan, 13 November 2014

The “Eleventh of the Eleventh” is considered of secondary importance by the Australian ruling elite in promoting patriotism.

Australia’s WWI Albany commemoration: All about the future, not the past

By Richard Phillips, 7 November 2014

Senior Japanese officials were honoured guests at the latest First World War centenary event.

Broken Nation: A glimpse of Australian anti-war sentiment in World War I

By Will Morrow, 6 November 2014

It is significant—and to Joan Beaumont’s credit—that her latest book lifts the lid, albeit within definite limits, on anti-war opposition in the working class.

Teaching war: Australian government targets primary school students

By Susan Allan, 22 October 2014

Australian authorities are distributing patriotic war propaganda among school children as part of the official World War I centenary commemorations.

Australia’s “Camp Gallipoli”—a militarist extravaganza

By Richard Phillips, 11 October 2014

The government-backed Camp Gallipoli Foundation is taking Anzac glorification and militaristic propaganda to new levels.

Australian government celebrates WWI seizure of German colonies

By Richard Phillips, 27 September 2014

The military victory at Bita Paka in New Guinea opened the way for Australian imperialism’s takeover of Germany’s South Pacific territories.

Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession

A right-wing critique of Australia’s World War I centenary celebrations

By Richard Phillips, 22 August 2014

A new book calls for increased funds and greater focus on elite military leadership, in order to prepare for new imperialist interventions.

The international significance of Australia’s World War I “celebrations”

By Nick Beams, 7 August 2014

Australia’s commemorations are part of a global offensive to condition the population to the deepening drive to war.

Australia: A barrage of pro-war propaganda to mark World War I centenary

By Mike Head, 6 August 2014

Australians are being bombarded with media coverage designed to glorify the 1914–18 war and prepare for another catastrophic conflict.

A crude celebration of Australian militarism

By Laura Tiernan, 9 June 2014

Carlton’s account is not based on any serious historical reconstruction and amounts to a glorification of the Australian military in World War I.

Anzac Day 2014: A glorification of Australian imperialism

By James Cogan, 26 April 2014

Yesterday’s events provided a foretaste of what can be expected as the political establishment launches its four-year campaign to celebrate the centenary of World War I.

Australian government plans to celebrate World War I

By Oliver Campbell, 14 January 2014

Everything is being done to prevent a discussion of the real causes of the war and to cultivate Australian nationalism.