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WW1: However, there was opposition to conscription. Conscription became a big issue in war time. There was opposition to the compulsory military service, the most question asked was should Australians be forced to fight overseas.


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who opposed (argued against) conscription in Australia during world war 1 and why? who opposed (argued against) conscription in Australia during world war 1 and why?

Australia didn't have conscription during WWI; it was first used in the Vietnam War.

That question is asking an opinion. In MY opinion, Australia did the right thing to not introduce conscription. The war was won anyway. Conscription would have only lead to more deaths.

Australians did not support conscription in WW1 all the troops Australia sent were volunteers.

Conscription in World War 2 began before the United States entered the conflict

In England, WW1 conscription ended in 1919. For twenty years, there after that, there was no conscription in Britain. In 1939, conscription for World War II began, and did not end until the mid-1960's.

It didn't.They are just rumour's.they are not rumours for a start it is true. the debate cause people to argue. Australia 'divided' in to two - conscription followers and not followers. this meant that people who agreed with conscription didn't particularly like people who didn't at the time

Conscription was used in World War 1, when men wouldn't join the army the Government used conscription as a way of making men join. They had absolutely no choice.

Conscription was introduced in Britain by the predominantly Conservative government of Neville Chamberlain in April 1939, a few months before the start of WW2. There was some opposition at the time to introducing compuslory military service in peace time.

The Compulsory conscription was ordered by Hitler in the World War 2, that was against the Treaty of Versailles

So many soldiers were being slaughtered that they had to introduce conscription to replace them.

People in Australia wanted conscription because many of them had relatives or friends in the front line. They new that if more people enlisted their friends would be safer, but the amount of people enlisting had dropped once the excitement of the start of the died. These people could only see conscription as the only answer to secure safety. The Prime Minster Hughes wanted conscription because he knew that there weren't enough people. He said "We must put forward all our strength. The more Australia sends to the front the less the danger will be to each man. Not only victory, but safety belongs to the big battalions...".

Conscription was introduced thanks to the Labor Government under Prime Minister John Curtin. Technically, Australia didn't have conscription. All troops for overseas theatres were volunteers. The troops fighting in Papua New Guinea were militia, who were conscripted, but were not supposed to fight overseas. Since PNG was under Australian control a point was stretched and militia were sent there, since the AIF was in North Africa.

Conscription in Australia during WW1 meant that there was a policy of ordering all able-bodied young men to do compulsory military service during the war. It's main proponent was the then Australian Prime Minister, William Morris 'Billy' Hughes, who wanted to introduce conscription for war service overseas. However, this was violently opposed by other members of his governing Labor Party, as well as by a large section of the general public and by church leaders. The conscription issue became a massive area of controversy in First World War Australia, frequently leading to riots and ferocious arguments in Parliament. Hughes failed to win enough Parliamentary support for his Conscription Bill and ended up being expelled from the Labor Party because of it, but managed to get re-elected for a second term in 1919 after founding his own Nation Australia Party.

Conscription is another word for the draft. Men were required to join the military/navy or RFC and serve.

There are many different parliaments in this world, and they all have oppositions. You will have to say which one you are asking about if you want to know who the leader of the opposition is. In Canada it's Nycole Turmel.

There are people of nationalities from all around the world in Australia.

haha this is my assignment. umm i think its mainly because people didnt want to go serve in a foreign counrty and probably die.

World war 1 and world war 2.

Conscription occurred in world war 1 because the army's started running out of soldiers and the needed more men to fight.

Canada was a British Territory and all British Territories were subject to conscription into their own army.

French Canadians were against the idea of conscription in both world war 1 and 2. There were more volunteers during world war 1 than WW2 so the debate of conscription was not as heated during that time. Near the end of WW2, conscripts in BC refused to go and held riots protesting Mackenzie King's decision of ensuing conscription. During WW1, Prime Minister Borden promised there would be no conscription and as well in WW2 Mackenzie King had also made that promise. Both conscription debates were revolved around the shortage of soldiers over seas. The issue of conscription divided the nation during WW1 and WW2.

The dates of introduction varied from country to country. Germany reintroduced conscription in 1935 and Britain in April 1939, for example. Some countries, such as France, had conscription throughout the inter-war period.

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