MacInnes, Scott: Anzac values

MacInnes, Scott

Aussie, Christian or universal values?The Drum (ABC), 25 April 2011

Those values Australians celebrate on Anzac Day – courage, bravery, solidarity and compassion for the fallen – are exactly the same values the Turkish, Japanese, Vietnamese, Iraqi and Afghan people reflect on when they remember their soldiers who fought against us.

We continually talk about “mateship’ and “a fair go” as being quintessentially “Aussie” values. As if Australians had some unique claim to them. But ask a patriot of any other country and you will find the same values of comradeship and fairness proudly on display.

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