From the Honest History vault: Humphrey McQueen and others on the Spanish flu pandemic 1918-19 that killed 13 000 Australians and 50 million world-wide (with 2020 updates)
Getting beyond our ‘heroes’: a War Memorial angle on possible war crimes: a collection of resources on Brereton, Afghanistan and the implications for how the Memorial should perform its work
Mark Kenny’s Henry Parkes Oration on Federation, Covid-19 and reconciliation plus Kenny talks to Canberra paper, The Riot Act
Michelle Fahy in Pearls and Irritations on conflicts of interest in defence industry lobbying (and links to a second article on the corruption history of Naval Group, our preferred builder of submarines, and to a third on how gunrunners exercise ‘soft power’ by their support for worthy causes)
A build for the times – or an extravagant folly?
Arms and the War Memorial: let’s spend on health, not arms and submarines
Paul Daley on the weapons maker seducing an Australian children’s charity; Does defence spending lead to wars – and does it make any sense against pandemics?; Memorial gets donations from the big arms company players but it is only ‘small change’ to them; Michelle Fahy on how Australia flogs armaments to overseas bidders; Sue Wareham on prioritising health spending rather than arms spending; Stuart Rollo in Overland on how the military-industrial-commemorative complex is militarising Australia; Medical Association for Prevention of War school resources
Australia is more than Anzac – and always has been