Pies outstanding in Anzac win; Magpies prevail over Dons; Didak’s last term sets up Magpie triumph; Didak triple sinks Bombers at MCG; Collingwood prevail in ANZAC clash; Magpies’ AFL win ‘breaks mental barrier’.
And on ANZAC Day, props to my Irish-Australian forebears for refusing to fight in The Great War:
An Imperative, Desperate Need For Men”In this hour of your country’s peril I urge you to do your duty. There is an imperative, a desperate need for men. The men in the trenches call to you for your help … The Empire and its allies expect you to prove yourselves worthy of their sacrifices. Every vote is needed. Do your duty and fear not – vote ‘yes’.”
— Prime Minister W. M. Hughes, 20 December 1917
The differences in attitude between the opposing sides were largely class based. They represented a struggle between the Labor Party and the Conservatives, between Catholic and Protestant.
” … (it) lead to the divisions between Irish Catholics and other Australians and indeed ultimately to all Catholics and other Australians. It never really died away until the mid or late 1950s and left a scar on Australian society for decades.”
Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister 1975-1983, interviewed by Paul Kelly for TV series ‘100 Years: The Australian Story’