centurion, on 03 January 2012 - 01:23 PM, said:
The main speaker on the poster the Australian Prime Minister Billy (the Little Digger) Hughes in February 1919 led the opposition to a statement supporting racial equality being included in the Covenant of the League of Nations. The clause being
"The equality of nations being a basic principle of the League of Nations, the High Contracting Parties agree to accord as soon as possible to all alien nationals of states, members of the League, equal and just treatment in every respect making no distinction, either in law or in fact, on account of their race or nationality."
He was quoted as saying that 95% of Australians would not accept racial equality - autres temps, autres moeurs but it does help to suggest the sort of meeting this was.
Billy Hughes was an original.. honest and to the point, and told the truth as it was at the time. No bullshit. We could use him today, assuming he had mellowed on the racial stuff (some of our troops were escorted across the Indian Ocean on their way to Gallipoli by the Japanese cruiser Ibuki, and also supported at Cocos)