Australia's Response To The Vietnam War Essay

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The initial Australian public reaction to Australia’s involvement was that majority of the Australian population were disinterested and they paid little attention to a war which involved very few Australian soldiers. As some of the population could not care any less, there was also a large part of Australians who was wary of Australia’s initiation to get involved with Vietnam and Australia’s fear of Communism. When the country’s commitment to South Vietnam increased, there were little negative reactions.
When the news of Australia being included in a task force broke out in 1966, the Australian public were not amused. Australians presumed the news meant a war that Australia was beginning to get involved in; the news of this sparked a rise in
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On the other hand, some opposition for the Vietnam were people such as; the Parliamentary opposition, religious groups and young men. S.O.S (Save Our Sons) were an anti-war group of mothers that opposed to their sons going to war. S.O.S group soon grew to have a variety of individuals and not just mothers. S.O.S was founded in Sydney in 1965 shortly after the government announced an increase of troops to Vietnam.
The Australian public’s attitude to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war did change due to the public’s opinion and also anti-war public protests affected the government’s decision by a big amount about policy decisions in Vietnam. By 1970, the Vietnam war was the longest war Australia has ever been in and anti-war groups were now more organised and became mass protests instead of small ones which had been put out before. Australians were angry the war was still going on instead of halting and retreating the Australian troops and continued to rally and protest. Anti-war moratoriums were being continued until the third mass moratorium

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