‘“No Australian who has ever fallen in our uniform has ever died in vain, ever”: the PM and the AWM‘, Pearls & Irritations, 31 August 2021
Weaves together the claims of the Prime Minister that Australian soldiers never die in vain, the inappropriate extension of the functions of the Australian War Memorial, our failure to learn from our failed expeditionary wars, the donations of arms manufacturers to the Memorial, and what are likely to be the vain efforts of the Memorial under Director Anderson to be ‘a place of truth’. We need war powers reform, so that our elected representatives have a say in whether we go to war.
Other similar material, provoked by the end of the Afghanistan disaster. Includes other writing on the ‘never die in vain’ issue.
Dr Sue Wareham OAM is President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia), a board member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and a board member of ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Australia. Dr Wareham is a former Canberra GP. She has been active in the Heritage Guardians campaign against the $498m extensions to the Australian War Memorial.