Investigating the australian experience of conscription 2 if these cartoons were the only information you had about australia and the war, what conclusions could you draw about. From 1965 to 1972, 15,381 national servicemen served in the vietnam war, with 200 killed and 1,279 wounded once again the issue of conscription provoked debate within the australian community, with university students and other members of the community taking part in large anti-conscription and anti-vietnam war demonstrations. In 1972 the australian labor party which had a policy of opposition to the war won a landslide victory conscription ended almost immediately, australians were withdrawn from vietnam and conscientious objectors released from prison. They represented growing discontent within a portion of the australian population to the government's commitment to the vietnam war in general and conscription in particular the protests took place during a period of great social change in australia, when people from a range of backgrounds were prepared to defy authority. The anti-war protest began in 1962 when the first australian troops were sent to vietnam to fight with america most of the protest/anti-war movement was strongly against conscription many of the trade unions called the governments support of america's decisions and foreign policy in vietnam 'blood for dollars', or 'diggers for dollars.
Australia supported the defence of the people in south vietnam and intellectual consistency to accept the use of conscription in a war that was supposed to be fought in defence of freedom instead the war got extended. The vietnam war was different, at one stage in 1968 nearly half of australia's men in vietnam were conscripts the menzies government introduced conscription in november 1964 when it was first announced it only involved military training that required no overseas service, which wasn't the truth. Australia was experiencing waves of post war migration from europe and other non british countries and australia's continuation and conscription of her young men in what was widely seen as a colonial war conducted by a corrupt regime in america and canberra was an anathema to large groups of the australian community who could still remember. Australia's conscription debate conscription 1916-1917 the issue of conscription - compulsory enlistment for military service, particularly for overseas service - has been and remains a contentious issue in australian life.
A few months later on april 29, menzies announced that australian troops, including national service conscripts, would be sent to vietnam to assist in the american war effort two weeks after this announcement, on may 13, fifteen sydney women, led by joyce golgerth and pat ashcroft, met and founded save our sons (sos), a non-political, non. What was australia's role in the vietnam war conscription was brought back in around that time and about 60,000 troops deployed 500 dead, 3000 wounded probably. The campaign against the vietnam war here developed in similar ways to the movement in the us of course australia was a junior partner, and tagged along behind the us but the australian ruling class had its own aims and ambitions and interests in south-east asia.
The conscription issue during the second indo - china war in the 1960's tore apart the fabric of australian society and resulted in divisions in all. Australian draft resistance and the vietnam war matteson explains the strategy behind the draft resistance movement and presents an anarchist critique of the movement and conscription. Military history of australia during the vietnam war the introduction of conscription by the australian government in response to a worsening regional strategic. Australian women protest conscription during vietnam war [save our sons (sos)], 1965-1972 the gulf of tonkin incident in early august 1964 marked the beginning of dramatic escalation of the united states' involvement in the civil war in vietnam.
Opposition to conscription was always part of anti-vietnam war protest in australia one of the placards (only partly seen in this photograph) refers to 'no more conscript lives' selective conscription by birthday ballot was introduced in 1964, although it was not until 1966 that the first conscripts were sent to fight. An opposing view of the war will not be accepted as an excuse to be exempted from the conscription dec 18, 1964 australian governments response from the us and south vietnam. Yes, due to the communist in the north vietnam australia fear of the communist, so australia use forward defence (fight communist in other country instead of australia) by using conscription. The developing anti-war movement, responses of various groups, australia in the vietnam war era, history, year 9, nsw background when the announcement was made that troops were being sent to vietnam, the menzies government was sure of widespread support for its policies.
Australian troops, including national service conscripts, would be sent to vietnam to assist in the american war effort two weeks after this announcement, on may 13, fifteen sydney women, led by joyce golgerth and pat ashcroft, met and founded. The introduction of conscription illustrates the main purpose of australia's involvement in the vietnam war the conscription issues and the war itself caused social division in reaction to the vietnam war. On thursday the 18th of august australia marks the anniversary of the battle of long tan it was the most costly battle for australia during the vietnam war with 18 killed and 24 wounded we. One of the first protest actions against the vietnam war in australia to get national headlines after liberal prime minister bob menzies' april 1965 announcement that australia was sending troops to vietnam, was in canberra and was organised by delegates to the australian student labor federation conference in may 1965.