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Badge - 'Don't Register for National Service', circa 1966-1971 Object Reg. No: SH 872275

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Button

Circular badge with the slogan 'Don't Register for National Service', made in Australia circa 1966 - 1971. The badge was used in Melbourne, Victoria, during the late 1960s and early 1970s to show support for the anti-conscription debate.

The debate revolved around the introduction of the National Service Scheme in November 1964 which saw 20-year-old men chosen by a bi-annual ballot to perform two years continuous full-time service in the Regular Army Supplement (reduced to 18 months from 1971), followed by three years' part-time service in the Regular Army Reserve. In May 1965 the Defence Act was amended so that National Servicemen could be obliged to serve overseas, and in March 1966 Prime Minister Harold Holt announced that National Servicemen would be sent to Vietnam.
Description:
Circular red badge with black printed text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Congress for International Co-operation & Disarmament (CICD), 1987
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5 mm (Height), 38 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, conscription, vietnam war 1959-1975, draft resistance, peace issues, national service
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Vietnam War
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Printed on front: 'DON'T REGISTER / FOR / NATIONAL SERVICE'
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1966-1971
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1966 - 1971

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