Blood Vote

This lurid illustration shows the Devil lurking behind a ballot box as a woman votes 'yes' for conscription.
The wording of the first plebiscite was: 'Are you in favour of the Government having, in this grave emergency, the same compulsory powers over citizens in regard to requiring their military service, for the term of this War, outside the Commonwealth, as it now has in regard to military service within the Commonwealth?' The wording was simpler for the second plebiscite: 'Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Australian Imperial Force overseas?'



Claude Marquet, artist, printed handbill, 1916


Accession number: ECPO 620


From the State Library of Victoria's Riley & Ephemera Collection.


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Arguments over conscription