Australian Involvement In The Vietnam War Analysis

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To a large extent did people reflections of Australians involvement in the Vietnam war mainly Challenge the Australian foreign policy during the 1960’s and the 1970’s. This argument can be clearly demonstrated through the reflections of Wilfred Burchett, William White, Simon Townsend and veteran of the Vietnam war Laurie Smith and through their reflections, beliefs and ideology’s it can be clearly demonstrated that people did all through Australia did disagree with Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war and therefore challenged the Australian foreign policy during the 60’s and 70’s.
To a large extent did Wilfred Burchett’s reflections of Australian involvement in the Vietnam war Challenge the Australian Foreign policy during the 1960’s
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This can be clearly shown in a statement that Townsend said while answering about his involvement in anti-war groups by stating, "I suddenly decided to be an objector to the Vietnam War. I then went to Sydney, I met people, I joined the groups and I read. … And that was when I got very busy, objecting, going to court and I ended up in Long Bay Gaol for a month. And in 1968 I ended up in the army prison for a month. I was court-martialled while I was there." This clearly demonstrates that Townsend was against the Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war and therefore was challenging the Australian Foreign policy during the 1960’s and 1970’s. This source can be considered reliable as it was a quote that Townsend actually said himself, therefore making it a reliable and an accurate primary source. This source can be corroborated with the living peace. Org where it states The period 1967-69 saw several draft resisters gaoled, including Simon Townsend were to be gaoled for refusal of call up notices. Showing that Simon Townsend did not agree with the Australian foreign policy during the 1960’s and 1970’s. These sources can also be corroborated with milesago.com Like White Townsend Scores declared themselves to Conscientious Objectors. The government responses included forcing "Conchies" to report for the call-up, followed by detention. Townsend were …show more content…
This can be demonstrated within the interview where he states “Do I support the Australian Foreign Policy during this time period, Yes and no.” This can be corroborated with the fact that Smith has stated that he has always wanted to be a part of the army and serve his country, which therefore can affect his perspectives on Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war and the Australian Foreign Policy during the 1960’s and the 1970’s. This source can be considered a reliable source as the words were from a veteran of the Vietnam war and therefore would be classed as a reliable source.

In conclusion it can be clearly demonstrated in the previous paragraphs that people generally did disagree with the Australian Foreign policy during the 1960’s and the 1970’s and that people across Australia especially the four people in the paragraphs above thought that Australia going and fighting in Vietnam was a mistake and it was not

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