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Jailing Murdoch? – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Journalism, Politics, The Media, War, WW2

During 1942 Labor’s opponents kept trumpeting Australia’s need for one army (combining volunteers and conscripts) which could be utilised wherever appropriate. They knew this would mean in effect the introduction of conscription for overseas service, the very issue which had smashed the ALP during the previous world war; they were hoping for a repetition, but claimed that the interests of national defence were uppermost in their minds. Murdoch pressed for it so vehemently that Calwell, who was never one to shirk a confrontation with the press, suggested that he should be interned.

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