june memories / 18

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

18th June, 1941 : The Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, in a special broadcast to the nation, put Australia on a total war footing. In one of the most momentous speeches ever by an Australian Prime Minister, Mr Menzies outlined the plans to restructure Federal Cabinet; increase the strength of the defence forces; increase the workforce by drawing on the service of women; severely restrict civil use of petrol, and control shipping, road and rail transport. Other proposals include controls on profits, prohibition of strikes and a threat to jail Communist agitators.

[Perhaps one day someone will write a book about the shameful activities of Australian trade unions at the wartime]

About Avadoro Worden

Iconoclast
This entry was posted in Australia, History and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>