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Places of Pride Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials, is a new initiative designed to record the locations and photographs of every publicly accessible memorial across Australia.Within a few weeks, Beijing banned beef imports from four Australian producers and imposed steep tariffs on Australian barley.
China may have overplayed its hand on this occasion, but the standoff is nonetheless complicating Australian policy and offers important lessons for how Canberra, Washington, and other powers should deal with similar tactics in the future. Whenever Australia takes a stand on issues that China opposes, Beijing responds with a volley of disinformation.
This is dangerous for Beijing, as it can encourage others to follow and makes it hard to attribute diplomatic friction to purely U. The spread of disinformation began on April 20, a day after Payne called for an independent review. This tactic operates by stoking uncertainty. But disinformation is hard to quell. One is to accuse Australia of inflaming international problems by politicizing them.
One aspect of this is the directness of official accusations. Eat Australian beef? These threats and acts of economic coercion are striking for three reasons. By ditching the plausible deniability that Beijing has previously cultivated to keep Australians guessing over whether or not economic coercion and disinformation are taking place, Chinese officials have exposed their willingness to strongarm Canberra and aggressively work to influence policy.
This is likely to accelerate souring perceptions of China among the Australian public. Furthermore, as most Australians view an independent review into COVID as a legitimate, sensible, and unremarkable way to improve global pandemic preparedness, the government is likely to enjoy ongoing public support and bipartisan political backing for the initiative — irrespective of Chinese disinformation.
Prominent Australian commentators have echoed Chinese accusations that Canberra is sailing too close to Washington in its call for an inquiry, warning that the Australia-China relationship will suffer as a result. So, what can Australia and other countries learn from this standoff to manage future rounds of coordinated disinformation and economic coercion?
This provided resilience against domestic politicization of the standoff. The lesson here is clear: As Chinese coercion works best when likeminded countries are divided, governments should place collective action ahead of taking a stand.
Amidst dubious allegations about the role of a Chinese biological lab and an increasingly hostile U. This has hurt Canberra and the U. He is also founding co-chair of the Track 1. Image: U. State Department. Ashley Townshend. Become a Member. Horns of a Dilemma Distortions in the Fabric of Deterrence.Australia in the War of — is a volume official history series covering Australian involvement in the Second World War.
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The series was published by the Australian War Memorial between andmost of the volumes being edited by Gavin Longwho also wrote three volumes and the summary volume The Six Year War. In contrast to the Official History of Australia in the War of —the series has a greater focus on the war's impact upon domestic events, including volumes on operations of the Australian Government and contributions made by Australian industry and science.
Australia in the War of — includes a series on the history of the Australian military medical services and the problems encountered by these services during the war.
The War Cabinet approved a revised plan shortly after the end of the war and after further refinements init was decided that the series would comprise 22 volumes. Some senior officers advocated volumes covering military logistics and administration but without success. Australia and Allied Strategy — which was marketed as being "the book which Prime Minister John Curtin directed the official historian not to write".
Gavin Long selected the authors of the series, and these appointments were approved by a government committee. Long required that the authors have "some or all of three positive qualifications: experience of the events, proved ability to write lucidly and engagingly, [and] training as a historian". It was also decided that authors would not be able to write on topics in which they had played a leading part during the war.
A replacement author for Chester Wilmot 's volume on the Siege of Tobruk and Battle of El Alamein also had to be found in after he was killed in a plane crash. Long and the general editor of the medical series were salaried and the other authors signed contracts to complete their work within a specified time frame and were paid in instalments as parts of their work were delivered. While the series was funded by the Australian Governmentthe authors were free to write on all topics other than technical secrets that were classified at the time, and were not otherwise censored.
The vetting process for the volumes in the various series also sought to ensure that they did not disclose that German codes had been broken, as this was still classified at the time. The series was written to be read by a general audience. It aimed to provide the general populace with a comprehensive account of Australia's role in the war, including coverage of the ' home front ' and industrial and medical aspects of the war.
Long believed that this motivation was shared by the official historians for the other Dominion countries. The 22 volumes were published by the Australian War Memorial between andwith most books being completed and released in the s and early s.
The project was terminated after the first three volumes in the Army series and both volumes in the Navy series were reprinted. The 22 volumes in Australia in the War of — were organised into five series. Walker edited the Medical series and wrote most of the volumes on this topic.
The series also included a concise history of Australia's role in the war, which was written by Long and titled The Six Years War. Hermon Gill wrote both the volumes in the series on the Royal Australian Navy 's activities. He was more successful than most of the other authors in placing his subject in the global context in which it operated, though on occasions he exaggerated the RAN's importance in Australia's war effort. The two volumes in the naval series were published in and Gill's account of the battle between HMAS Sydney and the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran in November has been criticised by some authors who view it as being part of an official cover-up, but Gill reached his conclusions independently and without censorship and his account of the battle is generally considered to have been as accurate as possible given that little evidence was available on the events that led to Sydney being sunk with the loss of her entire crew.
Herington wrote a comprehensive short history of British air warfare, with a focus on the small number of Australian squadrons and the main activities of Australian personnel in RAF units. Herington's account of EATS is generally considered superior to that provided by Gillison, whose account is regarded as relatively uncritical of the scheme. Long considered the inclusion of Ernest Scott's volume on Australia during the War to be an "unorthodox characteristic" of Bean's series, but by the time Long started planning the Second World War series there was no doubt that volumes on the " Home front " would be included.
Like Scott's volume, these took the longest to write. The first, Paul Hasluck's The Government and the People, — appeared inbut Hasluck was elected as the member for Curtin at the electionand served as a cabinet minister until His ministerial duties delayed the second volume, which was not published until after Hasluck became Governor-General.The Emu Waralso known as the Great Emu War was a nuisance wildlife management military operation undertaken in Australia over the latter part of to address public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok in the Campion district of Western Australia.
Military history of Australia during World War II
The unsuccessful attempts to curb the population of emus, a large flightless bird indigenous to Australia, employed soldiers armed with Lewis guns —leading the media to adopt the name "Emu War" when referring to the incident. While a number of the birds were killed, the emu population persisted and continued to cause crop destruction.
Following World War Ilarge numbers of discharged veterans who served in the war were given land by the Australian government to take up farming within Western Australia, often in marginal areas. With the onset of the Great Depression inthese farmers were encouraged to increase their wheat crops, with the government promising—and failing to deliver—assistance in the form of subsidies.
In spite of the recommendations and the promised subsidies, wheat prices continued to fall, and by October matters were becoming intense, with the farmers preparing to harvest the season's crop while simultaneously threatening to refuse to deliver the wheat. The difficulties facing farmers were increased by the arrival of as many as 20, emus. With the cleared land and additional water supplies being made available for livestock by the Western Australian farmers, the emus found that the cultivated lands were good habitat, and they began to foray into farm territory—in particular the marginal farming land around Chandler and Walgoolan.
Farmers relayed their concerns about the birds ravaging their crops, and a deputation of ex-soldiers were sent to meet with the Minister of DefenceSir George Pearce. Having served in World War I, the soldier-settlers were well aware of the effectiveness of machine guns, and they requested their deployment. The minister readily agreed, although with conditions attached: the guns were to be used by military personnel, troop transport was to be financed by the Western Australian government, and the farmers would provide food, accommodation, and payment for the ammunition.
Towards that end, a cinematographer from Fox Movietone was enlisted. Military involvement was due to begin in October McMurray and Gunner J.
O'Halloran,  armed with two Lewis guns  and 10, rounds of ammunition. On 2 November the men travelled to Campionwhere some 50 emus were sighted. Later the same day a small flock was encountered, and "perhaps a dozen" birds were killed. The next significant event was on 4 November. Meredith had established an ambush near a local dam, and more than 1, emus were spotted heading towards their position. This time the gunners waited until the birds were in close proximity before opening fire.
The gun jammed after only twelve birds were killed and the remainder scattered before any more could be shot. In the days that followed, Meredith chose to move further south, where the birds were "reported to be fairly tame",  but there was only limited success in spite of his efforts.This is a list of wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. Dates indicate the years in which Australia was involved in the war. Centrocaspian Dictatorship. United Kingdom.
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Historical World War 2 sites under threat. WW2 Warbirds in Australia. Military Museums in Australia.Seventy-five years ago, the United States military exploded the first nuclear weapon when they detonated the device codenamed "Trinity" in the desert of New Mexico. The shockwaves of this first successful detonation have rippled through history, with the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki owing their lineage to Trinity and the Manhattan Project.
The half-life of that first successful bomb has shaped our world and still may end it, if the world's modern stock of thermonuclear weapons are ever used.
It is a poignant anniversary, given we are entering the greatest period of geopolitical tension in a generation. It is a moment for Australia to reflect on how we might reinvigorate our nuclear diplomacy and curb the risk of nuclear war for the years to come.
In a flash, mankind had the means of its own potential destruction. Two key steps would be for Australia to renew its commitment to not take up nuclear weapons and to encourage a no-first-use treaty. Such a treaty could lower the risk of nuclear war and renew international commitment to non-proliferation at a time of increasing risks to international peace. In fact, we are perhaps more vulnerable today, given we have grown complacent towards nuclear weapons despite their growing sophistication and the increasing possibility of conflict between the United States and China, two heavily-armed nuclear states.
Thermonuclear weapons represent the most imprecise and indiscriminate form of violence imaginable. After all, Trinity and its World War II variants are cork guns compared to the thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs of today, which are capable of erasing and irradiating entire segments of the Earth.
The theory of using thermonuclear weapons is an arcane and befuddling sub-set of military strategy. Generally speaking, military strategy relates to the precise and discriminate use of violence or threat of violence to shape the behaviour of an adversary so as to achieve a political goal.
However, thermonuclear weapons represent the most imprecise and indiscriminate form of violence imaginable. Yet through the ages there has been a concerning number of strategists of a wilder persuasion who have genuinely believed a nation can still "win" by using thermonuclear weapons; as if they can out-smart physics and find some strategic gain on the other side of worldwide nuclear oblivion.
One might think that because nations have avoided nuclear war with one another sincethat we have set in place a range of rules and norms that ensure states remain restrained during times of geopolitical crisis. Future combat will be fast, very fast, and with speed comes less room for restraint and more room for tragic miscalculation.
To a limited extent this is true. The great powers of the Soviet Union and the United States kept the Cold War "cold" by mostly engaging in proxy wars and struggles below a certain threshold of violence, so as to avoid an uncontrolled escalation that could lead to nuclear war.
How Australia can help the world avoid nuclear war
Yet they still came frighteningly close, most notably during the Cuban Missile Crisis of and the botched Able Archer nuclear exercise. Given China and the United States appear fated to embark on another great power contest, there is little reason to believe that we will be any better at avoiding nuclear escalation. Indeed, we should be gravely concerned because the nature of 21st-century warfare is more likely to bend nations toward nuclear escalation, than not.