|I'd tweeted about this on Wednesday after reading it in the Oz's Australian Literary Review, but have just come across the article online.|
It's interesting that, speaking the day after the Japanese attack on the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour, Curtin did not just say as is so often repeated, (in the context of declaring that we were now at war with Japan), that Australia would be a place where civilisation would persist.
He also declared that Australia would be "a citadel for the British-speaking race."
Great read for anyone interested in Australian history and identity.
I see that James Curran also has a book on this subject out at the moment, which I saw at Boffins the other day.
I think I'll be buying this one and helping to support a fantastic independent book seller at the same time.