Radio Program Sales - Hindsight: Save Our Sons
In the closing days of 1964, Prime Minister Robert Menzies introduced a bill in Parliament which would prove to be one of the most controversial and divisive decisions in Australia's history.
This program returns to the events surrounding the introduction of conscription forty years ago, and explores how a group of women's lives were irrevocably changed during this period.
In the Australia of the mid 1960s, when most women were non-working housewives and mothers, a group of women calling themselves Save Our Sons broke with convention and took to the streets. They were vehemently opposed to conscription, and the system of sending men to fight in the Vietnam War - a system which Labor opposition leader Arthur Calwell dubbed 'a lottery of death'.
The women in Save Our Sons were mocked as communists, rabble rousers, naive mothers and neglectful wives. But over a period of ten years, they became some of the most vocal and effective critics against conscription and military engagement, and in doing so, many also found their own political voice.
Year of Production: 2004
Production note: © ABC Radio
Duration: 55 mins