The government made some bizarre remarks about Anzac Day – after the Prime Minister had said that no Australian soldier had died in vain in wars The Age today has two wonderful letters.
Barbara Wertheim of Brunswick begins:
I am the daughter of an Anzac. My father fought at Lone Pine and died when I was seven from injuries sustained at Gallipoli. I grew up in Victory Square, the Prahran War Memorial – 16 houses rented for a shilling a week to war widows.
Maggie Morgan of Northcote came from a father and grandfather who fought in several wars and lost all their friends – yes, all of them. She grew up in NATO bases in Germany where people were told the truth.
Clearly, neither Mr Tudge nor his colleagues have the moral courage and integrity to accommodate wider perspectives on Australia’s history, whether it be war, colonisation or the genocide of our First Peoples.
These ladies know the truth and are qualified to tell it.