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As a British Commonwealth country with many Australians being of British birth or descendants of, many Australians felt they had an obligation to participate. Also up to around the late 1960's British families were encouraged to immigrate to Australia and New Zealand and could do so for around 10 pounds sterling. Being in the British army at the time I met many Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and South Africans either in the British services or in units raised in their own countries.

May it all remind us on the 25th of April, ANZAC Day. LEST WE FORGET <----thats world war one you idiot!!!?!!!

THANKYOU TO ALL THAT FOUGHT ON THE 25TH, SOMETIMES WE FORGET THAT YOUR LIFE IS WORTH EVERYTHING TO SOMEONE. EVEN NOW WHEN YOU SLEEP UP ABOVE US. YOU ARE ALL HERO'S. <---thats world war one people...don't listen to them

I believe that Australia became involved because they wanted to show support for the founding country... Britain. It may also be because they wanted to stop a potential Japanese invasion of Australia, but this cant be that accurate because the Japanese entered the war in 1941, 4 years before the war was about to end. So i am sticking with my first answer that Australia joined the war to show support for Britain...

I believe that Australia became involved because they wanted to show support for the founding country... Britain. It may also be because they wanted to stop a potential Japanese invasion of Australia, but this cant be that accurate because the Japanese entered the war in 1941, 4 years before the war was about to end. So i am sticking with my first answer that Australia joined the war to show support for Britain...

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Australians had always been vulnerable to the dog whistle of British manipulation. What reason of security did the Colonies have to send troops to the Sudan in 1885 and South Africa in 1898 - were we under threat of invasion by the Mahdi or the Boers? South Australia even offered to send a contingent to the Zulu War in 1879. And in World War 1, was Germany threatening Australia? Governments acted irresponsibly and young men turned out for adventure, at least at the start.

World War 2 got the same response - Prime Minister Menzies said 'because Britain is at war, Australia too is at war' - no national interest here. So we were involved in yet another British war which had little to do with us or our national security. Compare this with the second part of the war, when Australia was genuinely under threat in our part of the world, and it was the US which came to our aid.

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