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Lunchbox / Soapbox: James Brown on Anzac’s Long Shadow
January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. To mark the anniversary of Australia‚Äôs involvement in the conflict that engulfed Europe, James Brown, Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy examines the long-reaching effects of Australia‚Äôs military engagement.
As a former Australian Army officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Brown argues that commemoration of the conflict has lost its way. The gap between civilian and military life has never been wider, and this presents its own set of problems. As soldiers return from present-day conflicts, resources for their rehabilitation into civilian life are thinner than ever before. The public preponderance for romanticising a hundred year-old conflict, rather than focusing on the needs of the men and women in today‚Äôs armed forces has caused a schism that is preventing genuine understanding and reintegration.
We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That‚Äôs why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.
With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won‚Äôt hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you‚Äôll have all week.
If you‚Äôre in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $15 lunchboxes in the performance space from 12.20pm.