Australia's real scab

During World War I, the debate over whether the government should be able to conscript soldiers for overseas service was fought bitterly, and spilled over into other areas of public life. Catholics of Irish descent were seen as anti-conscription, and are severely criticized by this pro-conscription publication. An excerpt from a speech by Catholic Archbishop of Australia, Dr. Mannix, appears on the back cover of the pamphlet.


Statesman and Mining Standard, 1917


Accession number: ECPO 635


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


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Arguments over conscription