The Blood Votes: Conscription debates in Australia, 1916-17
With Joan Beaumont
The 1916 and 1917 debates about introducing conscription for service in World War I were perhaps the most divisive in Australian history. Why was this so? Why did Australians reject conscription when this was adopted by almost all other countries fighting the war, including Britain, Canada and New Zealand? What was the impact of the conscription debates on Australia’s war effort and its later political culture?