Daily Archives: April 21, 2008

Well, isn’t this a surprise?

It is fair enough to mutter, but this is a bit rich coming from a notoriously tendentious source:

The Australian Institute of Public Affairs (AIPA) says the weekend’s 2020 summit was just a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The conservative think-tank’s executive director John Roskam told ABC radio’s The World Today program that the summit was a blatantly political exercise.

He said contributors had been handpicked to provide Labor with a “false mandate” for policies involving more government spending and regulation.

Mr Roskam said Federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson was a lone cynical voice among the contributors.

“I don’t think that anyone can claim that the Rudd Government has got a mandate from anyone other than its hand-selected friends,” he said… — ABC News.

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Posted by on April 21, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, Marcel, politics, right wing politics


Wartime tragedy — Compass last night

Last night on ABC1 was a short documentary presented by ABC Local Radio’s John Cleary. (A transcript is available here.)

This story of music, faith and heroism focuses on the Brunswick Salvation Army Band whose fate in World War II is one of the most tragic and little told episodes of Australia’s wartime history.

Arthur Gullidge was a prolific and acclaimed Australian composer who in 1933 became the leader of the Brunswick Salvation Army Band. The Salvation Army’s Brunswick Citadel was built in Melbourne in 1884, just a few years after William Booth founded his new Christian church-cum-charity in Britain along military lines, for the poor and destitute of the new industrial world.

In the 1900s, among those attracted to the Brunswick headquarters of this progressive new church was a young John Curtin, who would go on to become Australia’s wartime Prime Minister.

When war broke out in Europe, Arthur Gullidge and his band’s musical talents were keenly sought. If they joined up as a band they could double as medical aides serving in ways that fitted with both long-standing military custom and Salvation Army tradition.

That’s how Gullidge’s crew became the Band of the 2/22nd Battalion of the Australian Army. In 1941 they were posted to the remote Pacific outpost of Rabaul as part of ‘Lark Force’, and that’s where they were when the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 21, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, Christianity, faith, History, TV