Dr Brendan Nelson delivered a powerful story at a recent National Press Club of Australia address at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on the 19th September 2018.
“We’re all Australians now: 1918 and the War that changed us”.
1918 was the last year of the First World War. It was the year in which Australia had arguably the most significant impact on international affairs in its history. Under the leadership of General Sir John Monash, Australia contributed substantially to a series of stunning victories.
Emerging victorious, the young deeply divided nation inconsolably mourned its 62,000 dead but remained true to its young, brittle democracy. We were Australians, more confident of ourselves and place in the world. We had our ‘story’.
The Hon Brendan Nelson – Director, Australian War Memorial