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Being a Communist in Australia in 1948

That meant you were un -American, un-Australian, a traitor to the noble cause of Democracy, a danger to the Nation, an unspeakable ogre threatening World Peace, a bloody-handed confederate of the Russian State, a threat to the burgeoning emergence of Capitalism and the concept of Collective Peace through Individual Wealth.

Two bombs. Both dropped by Americans on Japanese cities full of war-weary women and children. A radiation wave that denied hundreds of thousands of non-combatants their lives.

Anyone concerned with this state of affairs was hunted out in Australia in 1948, their front doors broken open, windows smashed, their families victimised, their jobs lost, their freedom denied.

… for what?


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