Australian Left Review

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Racism and Militarism


Rupert Lockwood


From the post-waterloo era lo the 1955 Menzies Government intervention in Malaya, a series of conflicts and agreements on Australia’s military responsibilities colored relations with Britain. The main value in assessing past Australian resistance and acceptance in imperial military arrangements is to underscore the changes and the dissimilarities faced by anti-war and anti-conscrip lion campaigners of the Vietnam era, who must operate under a Government bound lo American rather than to British strategy, to Asian rather than to European and Middle East expeditionary force commitments. And the field of action is an Australia where monopoly corporations have by this developed vain and vaulting Asian ambitions of their own, which require that a great and powerful friend should hold the umbrella.