Alternative Name(s): Button

Circular badge with the slogan 'Don't Register for National Service', made in Australia circa 1966 - 1971. The badge was used in Melbourne, Victoria, during the late 1960s and early 1970s to show support for the anti-conscription debate.

The debate revolved around the introduction of the National Service Scheme in November 1964 which saw 20-year-old men chosen by a bi-annual ballot to perform two years continuous full-time service in the Regular Army Supplement (reduced to 18 months from 1971), followed by three years' part-time service in the Regular Army Reserve. In May 1965 the Defence Act was amended so that National Servicemen could be obliged to serve overseas, and in March 1966 Prime Minister Harold Holt announced that National Servicemen would be sent to Vietnam.

Physical Description

Circular red badge with black printed text.

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