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Two invasions in Australian history: can we now stop using euphemisms about 25 April 1915?

Both Prime Minister Turnbull and Opposition Leader Shorten have used the word ‘invasion’ to describe what happened in Australia in 1788. (They still differ over reconciling, recognising, and whether or not to have a treaty.)

Now that we have bipartisan agreement on 26 January 1788 is it possible we can also call what happened in the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915 an ‘invasion’ rather than use the euphemistic word ‘landing’? To use the test the prime minister applied – what the local inhabitants thought of what was happening – there is no doubt the Ottoman Turks thought they were being invaded.

15 June 2016