April 26 2015 will be celebrated as the centenary of the landing of the Anzac forces at Gallipoli. Gallipoli will be proclaimed as the moment when Australia was born as a nation, that the death of so many young men was the sacrifice that made us who we are.
The Peace Coalition (Anzac Centenary) questions this.
- We do not identify ourselves as a nation born in conflict and the destruction of young lives.
- Our continued involvement in other people’s wars is not inevitable.
- There is only one way to honour those killed in war: to do everything in our power to make sure that it never happens again.
We believe there is another way. We can celebrate another story of Australia, a nation which:
- brought together peacefully six colonies in one Federation
- has been a social pioneer, in developing universal suffrage for all including women, in bringing in the eight hour day, and the living wage.
- welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking a new life from many nations, cultures and religions, including many refugees and becoming a multicultural, multifaith community.
- supported smaller neighbours in our region such as Timor Leste.
Who we are
The Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition is a group of social justice organisations, faith groups and peace advocates that have come together in the lead up to the 100 year Anzac anniversary to help bring to light the lesser known and untold stories of Australia’s history that are significant to our national identity and how we define ourselves today.
What we believe
The Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition believes that to best honour our veterans and soldiers killed in war we must learn from the experience of war and wholeheartedly commit to peace and non-violent resolution of conflict.
During the Centenary of Anzac in 2015, we aim to spark critical discussion about the true impact of war on individuals, communities and society. The Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition seeks to increase awareness of the militarisation of Australia’s history and to present diverse aspects of Australia’s past that have contributed significantly to our present society and national character.
- To bring to light the militarisation of our history and how this translates into Australia’s contribution to and involvement in war
- To question war as a legitimate means to dealing with conflict and dispute
- To promote peace and prevent Australia’s involvement in wars in the present and into the future
We seek to tell the untold, forgotten and sometimes hidden stories of our past, and through this foster understanding of where we’ve come from, what has shaped us as a nation and who we might become in the future.