Some ANZAC Day thoughts


This report from last night’s ABC TV news is well worth watching: Western Australian students visiting Passchendaele, and taking on the roles of real WW1 soldiers for a day.

The emotional moment in the story is as the connection with their forebears is really nailed, when late in the day, they learn of “their” soldier’s fate.

Video: WA teens relive Anzac journey

Radio version with transcript: Belgian museum recreates the horror of war for history students


ANZAC badgeI’m certainly not knocking it, but does anybody know why ANZAC Day badges are a tax-deductible donation, when most payments to charities where you get something in return (such as a badge or raffle ticket) are not?

As the ATO says, the donation must “truly be a gift”.

Examples of payments that are not gifts include:

purchases of raffle or art union tickets
purchases of items such as chocolates and pens

So is there some specific exclusion for ANZAC Day badges?

Update: See comments. An item which is purely for promotional purposes is excluded.

Why remember?

A great piece from John Birmingham:

[ANZAC Day] doesn’t celebrate men and women who were somehow different to us. It merely pays homage to those who were, and remain, just like us but who, through the disadvantages of history, were called upon to do things all but beyond our comprehension.


If you missed it, check the opening sketch from last night’s Mad As Hell, which did a great job of satirising football games on ANZAC Day.

Lest we forget: ANZAC Day 2012

I was passing Bentleigh RSL in early March when I noticed a new sculpture being installed out the front. (The bloke installing looks a tad grumpy…)
Sculpture at Bentleigh RSL being installed

Nearby on a truck were some more of the figures, ready for installation.
Figures for sculpture at Bentleigh RSL

The completed sculpture nicely captures representations of all the services.
Sculpture at Bentleigh RSL

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.