Australia's anti-war movement: 1965-1972

Australia, 1993

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The initially small minority protesting against Australian involvement in the Vietnam War flourished into a massive mobilisation against the war that not only ended Australian participation in the war, but also radicalised and irreversibly changed Australian society. In this video three participants in the anti-war movement discuss their involvement. Irene Miller was an original member of the Save Our Sons Movement, one of the earliest of the anti-war organisations. Michael Hamel-Green was a draft resister and he gives a fascinating account of the “underground” movement which worked to protect draft resisters from prison by installing them in “safe houses”. Jean McLean discusses the history of the anti-war movement and the lead up to the first anti-war Moratorium in 1970, the largest protest in Australia’s history.

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