Formal comment by the Australia Defence Association: 2018-19

Respecting John Monash by respecting his actual record

Calls to promote General Sir John Monash posthumously to field marshal are invalid because they ignore the real context of his undoubted achievements. They are also yet another symptom of so many Australians being wedded to emotive and mythological beliefs about our military history that this hampers objective discussion and sustainment of Australia's current and future strategic security requirements.

"Anzackery": A draft dictionary definition

Some commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War I ending continue to suffer from Anzackery.

Party-political misuse of our non-partisan defence force is always wrong

The ADF's institutional, cultural and practical non-partisanship must never be compromised for party-political expediency. The fact and public perception of our defence force's political neutrality must be preserved, and preserved consistently, for the enduring benefit of the whole Australian community. And at all times, not just during election campaigns. In summary, to keep the "gun out of our politics" our constitutional system - and its supporting conventions and practices - has necessarily evolved over centuries to ensure that "politics is kept out of the gun".

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