Education and the Centenary of Anzac
- In March 2011, the National Commission on the Centenary of Anzac handed over its report to government. The centre piece of its recommendations is a new centre for the study of peace and conflict at ANU.
- In the lead-up to Ancaz Day 2011, the idea for this new centre received strong criticism by the ‘Editor at Large’ of The Australian Paul Kelly, who argued that this proposal is both ‘ideological... political tokenism’ and a ‘travesty’.
- Yet, despite Kelly’s views and some inherent problems with the mission of this new centre, it remains an exceptionally important and worthwhile initiative. If set up with the proper funding and governance structures, it has the potential to make a major contribution to the community and remain true to the Commission’s aim to honour the memory of the 1st AIF by turning ‘our thoughts on how we might reduce the risk that future Australians will have to endure what they endured’.
Dean, P. J. (2011). Education and the Centenary of Anzac. Australian Policy and History. Retrieved from http://www.aph.org.au/files/articles/educationCentenary.htm