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Identify and discuss cases for and against conscription in Australia in the period 1916-1918?

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Identify and discuss cases for and against conscription in Australia in the period 1916-1918? The issues of conscription between 1916 and 1918 split Australia in half with half the population saying conscription should be introduced and half saying it shouldn't. The main reasons groups used for why conscription should be brought in were that; the current voluntary enlistments were not providing enough men, sending more men would demonstrate our loyalty to Britain and to send more men would help win and finish the war quicker. The main reasons groups used against conscription were that; war was not to be encouraged; peace was, and conscription would only continue the war, cheap foreign labour would be brought in to make up for the lack of workers and to force any man to serve in war was immoral. The main groups who were in support of conscription were Billy Hughes, major newspapers and journals, protestant Church leaders and The Women's National League. ...read more.

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If Australia was to send more men to help in the war it was thought it would mean we would win and potentially those men would be back even quicker. As an example say the enemy has 50000 men and we have 40000 if 50000 more were conscripted it would be 50000 to 90000. Clearly if we had 50000 more men than we did without conscription we would be in with a higher chance of victory. The main groups who were apposed to conscription were the Labour Party, trade unions, Roman Catholic Church leaders and farmers If we sent men over seas war would be seen as something to be encouraged it wasn't; peace was, and conscription would only continue the war. If conscription was brought in by the government the public would see it as the government supporting the war also if we had conscription more men would be sent into war and then the enemy would do the same causing the war to continue for countless extra years than was necessary. ...read more.

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whole life in the outback farming and you were suddenly thrown into an area where shells were exploding every minute and blood was flying every where you would have no idea what to do. You can clearly see that by conscripting men into war you are being very immoral and stupid. Between 1916 and 1918 it would have been considerably hard for everybody to decide wether or not conscription should have been introduced. The main reasons groups thought conscription should be brought in were that; the current voluntary enlistments were not enough, sending more men would demonstrate our loyalty to Britain and more men would help win and finish the war quicker. The main reasons groups used against conscription were that; war was not to be encouraged, cheap foreign labour would be brought in to make up for the lack of workers and to force any man to serve in war was immoral. The issue of conscription between 1916 and 1918 was basically a matter of the individual's opinion. ...read more.

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