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US CHIEFS: HOPELESS TRY TO DEFEND AUSTRALIA

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In the early stages of World War Two, US defence chiefs thought Australia's defence position against Japan was hopeless.

HASLUCK WOULD HAVE SOLVED 1975 GOVT CRISIS

EssayFormer Governor General Sir Paul Hasluck indicates that he would have solved the 1975 constitutional crisis without dismissing Gough Whitlam.

DISCOVERING WAR ON

A TRANQUIL ZEN GARDEN INLAND SEA OF JAPAN

The discovery of one of Australia's oldest surf clubs...

JOHN GORTON WOULD HAVE SHOT 'HOWLING TOLAIS'

PM John Gorton says he was prepared to use a hidden pistol to shoot Tolais in Rabaul and send in troops.

THE WARTIME REALITY OF JAPAN'S THREAT TO US

EssayJapan's threat of an invasion of Australia was both imminent and real, says Bob Wurth, writing in the Australian Army Journal and answering a few critics.

GORTON RE-WRITES PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S STORY

Gorton reveals that as PM he was prepared to grant PNG independence at any time in an extraordinary interview. If Gorton's claims are true, his story re-writes the history of independence for papua New Guinea.

CENTAUR TRAGEDY; WHY JAPAN SHOULD APOLOGISE

Japan has never apologised to Australia for sinking the hospital ship the Centaur in 1943. But it should do so now, argues Bob Wurth.

BILLY MCMAHON LOBBIED WHEN HOLT DROWNED

Paul Hasluck says Billy McMahon was the the key person plotting against Harold Holt and lobbied for the job soon after Holt went missing....

DOCUMENTING THE JAPANESE THREAT TO AUSTRALIA IN 1942

bomb In researching the book 1942, Bob Wurth discovered interesting documentation in Japan on the Japanese threat to wartime Australia.

Polishing off the ‘fat bastard’s’ whisky

Artie Fadden was an effective politician and acting Prime Minister who enjoyed a drink, especially when the boss was away.

Political secrets & intrigues from the grave

Oral historian Clive Cameron's interviews with former minister and governor general Paul Hasluck and former prime minister John Gorton reveal political twists long kept secrets in National Library tapes.

CURTIN AND KAWAI, 1941

Michael McKeirnan's review looking into the relationship between John Curtin and ambassador Tatsuo Kawai from Japan.

'WAR IS HISTORY: JUST GET OVER IT!'

Acts of war and inhumanity should be studied and debated, especially in our schools. They are not something we should forget. Each of these appalling wartime events represents sober lessons for the future....

'SOMETHING RATHER MAGNIFICENT' ABOUT NAZI GERMANY IN 1938

Attorney General Robert Menzies was ill at ease in Berlin in 1938. Yet he found 'something rather magnificent' there.