The conscription in Australia during World War 1
Conscription was one of the main isuues that divided Australia in World War 1. Many were for and against, and some were equal. Conscription was introduced by Prime Minister William Morris Hughes because he wanted to keep up the strength of the Australian army on the Western Front. There were referendum campaigns hold because of the different opinions about the Conscription.
Every people have positive or negative feelings about the war. There were lot’s of volunteers that wanted to go to the war because they wanted to use the war as an opportunity to show that Australia was a great nation and seen the was as a chance for adventure. Also, soldier that have returned from the war felt that they had served their time for their nation and family so it was the turn for someone else to do this. Where as some ANZACs who held the against opinion thought that no one should be forced to go the war. Therefore, they believed that the conscripiton should not be introduced.
Another reason why people wanted conscription was because they believed that they should all support britain because it was Australia’s mother country. Another reason was the government believed that Britain would help and give support to Australia when needed, if they supported Britain in the world war one. As a result, many British patriots encouraged conscription to ensure that Australia would be seen to have experienced the difficulties of War and, as a consequence, not relinquish it’s duty and in the process sever it’s ties with Britain. This fuelled the underlying controversies surrounding Australia's inability to assert her independence from Britain. Where as the people against the conscription believed that this is not the war to fight in. The war had no connections to Australia, and war was not good for the economy of a new country. Also people thought the money and man power that would spent on the war should be used in consturcting the...