Alternative Name(s): Button

Anti-conscription badge, made and used 1966 -1971 in Melbourne, Australia. In 1964, the National Service Act saw the introduction of conscription in Australia. In 1965, the Act was amended so that National Service Conscripts could be sent overseas. This amendment was made because of the growing conflict in Vietnam. Public protest against conscription increased throughout the 1960s as opposition to the Vietnam War grew. A number of young men avoided the draft. One of the first acts of the incoming lLbor government, under Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, in 1972 was the cessation of conscription.

Physical Description

This white, plastic coated badge is inscribed in black lettering.

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