‘Australia’s Anzac obsession‘, The Nation, 18 April 2015
Anzackery gets introduced to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand by producer-presenter Tony Wright with interviews with Peter Stanley and David Stephens from Honest History. There is to be a longer presentation on Anzac Day.
The segment (eight minutes) looks at how Australians have glossed over the ‘NZ’ in Anzac, how we often forget that others beside us (and Turks) were even there at Gallipoli, how the term ‘Anzackery’ has been adopted to describe current events and what the term means, the commercial use of Anzac to make lots of money, Anzac and national identity, the expenditure on Anzac commemoration, the indoctrination of children, and the way current Anzackery stops us confronting difficult issues about war. There is some material also about the apparent attempt to draw an explicit Anzac link to the current Iraq venture by both countries.
(Note that the Anzac porn t-shirt featured in the segment has now been withdrawn from sale following intervention by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.)