Ben Wilkie

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Our grandads didn’t die for this

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It is, perhaps, a poor reflection of our times when a historian feels compelled to remind others that the Nazis…

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Farewell, John Hirst

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The distinguished Australian historian John Hirst has sadly died at age 73. Those who knew him at La Trobe University…

The Gough myth

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The postwar generation had lived a charmed life. With Menzies they rode the long postwar economic boom. The automobile had…

Clash of symbols

30 May 2015 9:00 am

The 1967 referendum exemplifies the difficulties of symbolism in Indigenous affairs. Over 90 per cent of Australians voted ‘Yes’ at…

Choosing to remember them

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Anzac Day embodies the violence, exploitation, repression, racism, and sexism of Australia’s past and present. Its prominence in our national…