Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy AC (Ret'd) has accepted the Battle for Australia Committee's invitation to address the Battle for Australia service at Martin Place.
General Leahy is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army, whose military career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Army from 2002 until 2008. He has been director of the National Security Institute, University of Canberra, since October 2008.
The Battle for Australia Association's 2022 Oration was presented by Professor Frank Bongiorno AM on Thursday 17 February 2022 at 1030 Eastern Australia Summer Time at the Anzac Memorial, Sydney.
Dr Bongiorno is Professor of History at the Australian National University, where he recently completed a term as the Head of the School of History. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List 2019 for services to history education at tertiary level. A social historian of Australian politics, labour and culture, Dr Bongiorno is widely published in popular and academic circles. His address "Arguing About 1942" considers historical debates over the meaning of 1942 in Australian social history. In the eightieth year since Australia's wartime leader Prime Minister John Curtin, coined the term "Battle for Australia" (on 17 February 1942), Dr Bongiorno's expertise in studies of labour and politics bring especial insight into how we remember the challenges faced by Australians during the Second World War's Asia-Pacific conflicts.
Uncle Harry Allie gives the Acknowledgement of Country, if you watch the video, don't skip it, most pertinent and moving.
The button below permits you to download an edited voice to text copy of Professor Bongiorno's presentation, and some notes on our orator.