Call to the People of Australia

Call to the People of Australia

Australia is in danger. We are in danger from abroad. We are in danger at home. We are in danger from moral and intellectual apathy, from the mortal enemies of mankind which sap the will and weaken the understanding and breed evil dissension.

Unless these are withstood, we shall lack moral strength and moral unity sufficient to save our country and our liberties. Our present dangers are a challenge to us, but in meeting the challenges of history peoples grow in greatness. The dangers demand of all good Australians, community of thought and purpose. They demand a restoration of the moral order from which alone true social order can derive.

We call on our people to remember those whose labours opened this land to the uses of mankind; those who bore and reared children of a new nation; those who died in battle for us, bringing splendour to Australian arms; those who worked with mind and muscle for the heritage which we, please God, shall hold and enlarge for our children and their children.

And that this may be so, we ask that each shall renew in himself the full meaning of the call which has inspired our people in their highest tasks and in their days of danger:


[Delivered by the chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation after the 7 o'clock news on 11th November, 1951. Signed by the leaders of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches; as well as the Australian Council of the World Council of Churches and the chief justices of all of the Australian States.]

2 thoughts on “Call to the People of Australia”

  1. Hi, I bought a beautiful framed copy of this speech at a garage sale this morning, complete with the facsimile signatures of the leaders listed
    Regards Johnno

  2. Reading this speech from 1951, I cannot help but wonder what in the world happened in 60 years. For certain such a speech would not be possible in the United States of 2013, and I suspect it would not be likely in Oz, either.

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