Australia’s Involvement in the Vietnam War
The conscientious objectors of the war were the protestors of the moratorium movement because they protested against the violence of the Vietnam war . The labour government was elected in December 1972 by the Australian public to stop the conflict and issue of conscription in the Vietnam war . This means the labour government were objectors of the Vietnam war . A lot of Australians saw the horrors of the Vietnam war on their televisions .This caused many protests against the Vietnam war and by 1970 there was huge rallies ,marches, church services and many other forms of protest .
These rallies were called the Vietnam war moratorium rallies of 1970 and are recognised as the moratorium movement . The Vietnam war moratorium rallies of 1970 was a way for the Australian public to express their dislike of the war and their support to end the Vietnam war. The requests of the moratorium movement were for the Australian and allied troops to withdraw from the Vietnam war and the end of conscription .
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Australia was impacted by the war because the media such as newspapers all over the world ,had cartoons about the opposes and supporters of communism, arguing and showing the violence which then led to the Vietnam war . This impacted the Australian public by showing them the violence between the communist and communist free countries. The newspapers also informed readers of agreements such as the Seato Treaty of 1954 between the U. S, Britain, France and Australia , which provided protection for these communist free countries .
There was also The Anzus agreement of 1951 between Australia, United States and new Zealand which was an agreement to come to one another’s aid in the event of an attack . The media showed the real life horrors of the Vietnam war on the Australian public televisions . The Vietnam war also impacted Australia’s government ,as Australia went from having a liberal government to electing a labour government because of the issue of conscription the Vietnam war had inflicted on Australia .Conscription was introduced in 1964 for men the age of 20 on their birthday had to in-role for the “national service” and serve for two years in the Vietnam war . The Vietnam war impacted many Australian women and mothers . Mothers of the Australian soldiers involved in the Vietnam war protested against the war in a group called “save our sons” ,to object the idea of conscription because the mothers were worried about their sons who were at a very young age and some even under-age as they pretended to be of an older age .