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The cost of the Iraq War

What are the real costs of war? Is military success all that matters when deciding whether the outcome of a war is successful? In March 2003, US President George W Bush sent military forces into Iraq to find and destroy reported weapons of mass destruction, and to end the regime of President Saddam Hussein. Although the ...

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Judgement and justification after the Iraq War

What are the consequences of human rights abuses in a time of war? In March 2003, the USA led a coalition of nations in a military campaign in Iraq. One of the main justifications for the war was the reported existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) but as the war progressed and no WMDs were found, suspicion about ...

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Superpower shift: the changing global economy

Are the days of the world's greatest superpower numbered? Is the USA really in decline? The 21st century is witnessing the rise of powerful new economies in the world, particularly those of China and India. In this clip from The Drum, Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor considers the implications of a global shift in economic ...

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Cold War games,1999

'Cold War games' is an excerpt from the documentary 'Lies, Spies and Olympics', produced in 1999. 'Lies, Spies and Olympics' studies the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, which have become etched in Australian mythology as a watershed in the nation's sporting, cultural and civic history. But behind the myth is a far more revealing ...

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Young Australian women and Canadian servicemen on an outing, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Sybil Oakes and her friends during a picnic outing with Canadian servicemen in Sassafras, in the hills outside Melbourne, in 1944. The three men, all in military uniform, are standing with the four young women on a bush track in front of a sign that reads 'Sassafras / Please ...

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Young women playing cards with a US serviceman, 1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Pauline Leibig, Norma Knox (nee Leibig) and some of their friends playing cards with a US serviceman in the dining room of the Leibig family home in the Melbourne suburb of West Preston in 1944.

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Shirt worn by security officer during Lyndon B Johnson's visit to Australia, 1966

This video features curator Michael Reason exploring a shirt in Museum Victoria's collection that was worn by a US security officer who protected the US president Lyndon B Johnson (LBJ) during his visit to Melbourne in October 1966. The video contains many photographs taken from the time of the visit, and its duration is ...

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Medal commemorating visit of US Navy to Australia, 1908

This heart-shaped bronze gilded medal commemorates a visit to Australia by the US Navy in 1908. At the top are the US eagle and a loop for hanging. One side is inscribed 'AUSTRALIAN CELEBRATIONS 1908' and features the crowned arms of Australia and the USA. The other side is inscribed 'WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN FLEET 1908' ...

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A walk through 'White Australia' at the National Museum of Australia, 1850-2010

In this unit of work students explore how the National Museum of Australia (NMA) exhibitions represent 'White Australia' attitudes and policies in Australian history from 1850 to the present day. The unit uses objects and displays to help students investigate key issues around the development of a multicultural Australia.

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Gough Whitlam, prime minister 1972-75

This is a colour photograph of Edward Gough Whitlam, Australia's twenty-first prime minister. It shows him attending a United Nations convention during a tour of the USA in 1974.

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Harold Holt, prime minister 1966-67

This is a black-and-white photograph of Harold Holt, Australia's seventeenth prime minister. It shows him alongside Lyndon Baines Johnson, the first US president to visit Australia, and 'First Lady' Lady Bird Johnson in October 1966.

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'Curtin', 2007

These two clips from the 2007 telemovie 'Curtin' depict Australian Prime Minister John Curtin's leadership in World War II. The first clip dramatises Curtin's realisation that Australia will be defenceless if Singapore falls to the Japanese. The second clip portrays Curtin's personal struggle with the heavy responsibility ...

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First Australians, episode 7: We are no longer shadows, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips focus on Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo's land claim. The first clip describes the background to his struggle for land rights and its context in the civil rights movement; the second highlights Queensland legislation to try to block the claim ...

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Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: 'The house that you built', 1949

This black-and-white cinema advertisement for the 1949 federal election was made for the Liberal Party of Australia. The advertisement opens with soft background music accompanying footage of (the former) Parliament House and a narrator telling viewers that the parliament was built by their fathers as a symbol of democracy ...

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'My Mother Told Me', 2007

This is a short black-and-white and colour film about the impact of cultural dislocation on identity examined through a young woman's desperate quest to make sense of her life, both past and present. The first clip explores the mother's life and family in Cambodia before and during the war using archival photos and moving ...

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Operating lend-lease machines, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two men and a woman working on various industrial machines during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Melbourne, Australia. Beaufort torpedo bomber turret sub-assembly plant. Workmen operating an automatic tool ...

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Assembling Beaufort bomber turrets using lend-lease components, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a woman and two men working to assemble bomber turrets during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Melbourne, Australia. Beaufort torpedo bomber turret sub-assembly plant. Men and women workmen putting finishing ...

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Lend-lease food for the USSR, 1943

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the ingredients used in canned pork supplied to the USSR by the USA under the lend-lease program during World War II. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads: 'Cincinnati, Ohio. Preparing canned pork (Russian: "svinaia tushonka") ...

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Lend-lease petroleum in use in Australia, 1940s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing petroleum, probably aviation fuel, being pumped into a tanker truck and two trailers during World War II. The full drums are stored on what appear to be rail freight wagons. The empty ones are stacked alongside. The photograph forms part of the collection of the US Library of ...

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Building the Boomerang interceptor fighter using lend-lease components, c1943

This is a black-and-white photograph showing five men building two Boomerang fighters at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation's factory at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. The photograph is in the collection of the US Library of Congress and its caption reads in part: 'High production rate of Australian interceptor aircraft ...