- Jul 24, 2015
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
It was a minority, mostly British born old campaigners, and they consistently lost support because of it. Those few that wated it ripped the Labor party apart because of it.You've missed the point and false equivalised again, for the umpteenth time.
There were plenty within the ALP who wanted conscription, regardless of the split or Hughes. Conscription isn't even the issue we were talking about. We are talking about happily committing Australian men overseas, to trenches in this context, in search of some assurance of Great Power protection as future recompense.
Its one thing that they went to war to support an ally - as soon as they began to understand what the war involved they resisted conscription and once they saw what a farce it was the ALP began to oppose recruitment and began supporting the strikers and other anti war measures. Australia had a volunteer army. We chose to go there and fight initially and when we saw what a joke it was we began to turn against the war. The Labor Party reflected this and the other campaigners did what the ruling class always does - work on ways to kill the poor.It was the ALP that effectively invited Australia into the First World War (we would have been asked anyway, but we enthusiastic about the prospects of defending the Empire) in the first place and then kept sending troops to regions outside Australia's primary interests. That is the point, not some false equivalence garbage you're sprouting about conscription.
True - I've known plenty of vets from Vietnam onwards and this is still the case.My point was about modern politicians, generally speaking, do not care enough. Not enough social welfare funding is devoted to PTSD and providing other support.
You could put a lot of Australia's historical problems with alcohol and violence (public and domestic) down to PTSD from ww1 and subsequent wars imo.