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    The 2021 Battle for Australia Commemorations

Patron: Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales


 Sydney Wednesday 17 February 2021 - Battle for Australia Oration by Professor James Curran

The 2021 Battle for Australia Oration will be delivered at the Macquarie Room of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia Sydney on Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 1000. The Oration is held in the third week of February each year to mark the occasion when Prime Minister John Curtin coined the phrase "Battle for Australia". PM Curtin first used the term in a press statement released on 16 February 1942 when he communicated to all Australians the dangers that lay ahead for our nation following the Fall of Singapore and Timor-Leste the previous day.

Eminent historian, Professor James Curran, will deliver the 2021 Battle for Australia Oration and will address the topic Australia's Fear of Invasion: 1942 and Today. Dr Curran is Professor of Australian History at the University of Sydney and a fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is a frequent commentator across print, radio and television on Australia's foreign relations, particularly with the United States and with China, bringing a deep knowledge and understanding of Australia's twentieth century history to public debates on our contemporary international experiences.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a few invitees, members of the Battle for Australia Association, will be able to attend the live presentation. For those who cannot be there on the day after the talk, a video of the address will be published on this web page.

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