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Badge - Vote No Conscription, Australia, 1966-1971 Object Reg. No: SH 872276

Anti-conscription badge, alternatively known as a button, made and used 1966 - 1971 in Melbourne, Australia. In 1964, the National Service Act saw the introduction of conscription in Australia. In 1965, the Act was amended so that National Service Conscripts could be sent overseas. This amendment was made because of the growing conflict in Vietnam. Public protest against conscription increased throughout the 1960s as opposition to the Vietnam War grew. A number of young men dodged the draft. One of the first acts of the incoming lLbor government, under Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, in 1972 was the cessation of conscription.
This white, plastic coated badge is inscribed in black lettering.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Congress for International Co-operation & Disarmament (CICD), 1987
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 25 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Remeasured 2.10.08

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Tagged with: conscription, draft resistance, national service, peace issues, vietnam war 1959-1975, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: Conscription in Australia, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Vietnam War
Tertiary Classification: conscription
Inscriptions: Printed obverse: VOTE/ NO/ CONSCRIPTION
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1966-1971

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