The Art of the Australian Insult

Keating disses Gallipoli
October 31, 2008, 3:21 am
Filed under: Politicians, State of the nation | Tags: , ,

“The truth is that Gallipoli was shocking for us. Dragged into service by the imperial government in an ill-conceived and poorly executed campaign, we were cut to ribbons and dispatched — and none of it in the defence of Australia. Without seeking to simplify the then bonds of empire and the implicit sense of obligation, or to diminish the bravery of our own men, we still go on as though the nation was born again or even was redeemed there. (It is) an utter and complete nonsense. For these reasons, I have never been to Gallipoli and I never will.”

Paul Keating at the launch of a book on Menzies and Churchill. Kevin Rudd has subsequently disagreed, saying on radio today,  “I think Paul is completely wrong on that, completely and utterly, absolutely 100 per cent wrong.”


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If Aussie soldiers are so brave why haven’t they freed us of this tyrannical banking/political system?

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