Culture

Apr 24, 2018

The forgotten Anzac Day protests of the ’80s

The 1980s heralded a swell of protests highlighting the treatment of women in war, and the role of rape as a weapon. Decades later, the problem is still invisible.

Meredith Burgmann

Writer and former Labor MLC

Activists arrested at the 1981 Anzac Day protest (ACT Heritage Library)

As I watched the ABC news doing its obligatory "preparations for Anzac Day" story I saw those huge concrete bollards being positioned across George Street and momentarily thought, "Gee, it would be hard to get across those".

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