On 4 August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany, automatically involving Australia and all other members of the British Empire.
In the midst of a September 1914 federal election campaign, the next morning then Prime Minister Joseph Cook (Commonwealth Liberal Party) and Opposition Leader Andrew Fisher (Australian Labor Party) both pledged full support for Britain.
PM Cook stated that “...when the Empire is at war, so also is Australia” and upon winning office in September 1914, new PM Fisher added “Should the worst happen ... [Australia will] ... rally to the Mother Country ... to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.”
Australia's prime ministers echoed the community's sentiments. The declaration and outbreak of war were greeted with great enthusiasm in Australia and throughout the British empire. This echoed the widespread and unquestioning pride Australians had in their country and way of life in those early Federation days. Large numbers of young, fit and brave men enlisted in honour of - and were cheered on by - their families, workplaces and local communities. Within 5 months, 50,000 volunteers were accepted (out of a population of 5 million). Some would land at Gallipoli Cove on the 25th of April the following year.
The sense of duty, nationhood and loyalty of these young men, their families and communities stands in stark contrast to modern identity politics, political correctness, 'safe spaces' for young people fearing being 'misgendered', multiculturalism, self-loathing and cultural Marxist indoctrination.
Commemorate Australia's day of national pride and contribution to the war effort by:
- if you’re near Canberra, visiting the Australian War Memorial there and absorbing the lead-up and fuller context of WWI
- viewing film footage of WWI from the Australian War Memorial
- downloading and watching your favourite WWI movie
- having a meal and/or a drink down at your local Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL Club) and paying respects to the men and women who have served our country and are doing so now
- following the Royal Australian Army, Air Force and/or Navy on Facebook to show your support for our land, air and sea defences (but without painting the nail of your pinky (finger) pink), and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, veterans, anti-nihilists, fellow proud Aussie patriots and those that still think our borders, national interests, values, freedoms, culture and way of life are worth fighting for.