The 2021 Battle for Australia Oration was delivered at the ISC Room of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia Sydney on Wednesday 17 February 2021 1000 to 1200. 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, delivered the 2021 Battle for Australia Oration addressing the topic Australia's Fear of Invasion: 1942 and Today.
Dr Curran is Professor of Australian History at the University of Sydney. 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.
The Oration gave a fascinating insight into our nations constant fear of invasion since the 1930s and how successive politicians have attempted to deal with the threats real and perceived.
The audience due to COVID restrictions was not large but the interest was great.