On 1 September 1951, Australia signed the ANZUS security pact with the United States and New Zealand. 70 years on, former Australian Defence Minister Dr Brendan Nelson shares his reflections on ANZUS, its legacy and its future.
Dr. Brendan Nelson AO, Former Director of the Australian War Memorial, joins Michael to discuss Remembrance Day which has been observed by Australia and other Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of First World War on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. The tradition of Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning. During the Second World War, many countries changed the name of the holiday. Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day. In Australia, Remembrance Day is always observed on 11 November, regardless of the day of the week, and is time when people can pay their respects to the substantial number of soldiers who died in battle.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Angus Hordern speaks with Dr Brendan Nelson about Australia’s 101st Victoria Cross recipient, Teddy Sheean VC. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Teddy Sheean received the Victoria Cross posthumously for his heroism during the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. Seventy-eight years later, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II approved the award on 12 August 2020. Dr Brendan Nelson, former Minister for Defence in the Howard Government and Director of the Australian War Memorial 2012-19, chaired the 2020 expert panel that reviewed Teddy’s case. His panel’s recommendation for Teddy to receive the VC was the last domino for this award finally being bestowed. In Dr Nelson’s second appearance on the podcast, he told Angus Hordern the story of Teddy Sheean, and exactly how his posthumous VC came about. Teddy’s story is extraordinary in its own right, as is the story of how his VC took so long to be approved, and what finally changed. five-part DVD documentary series, For School and Country. On this podcast he appeared back in Season 1, 2017, when he spoke to me about his career, the Australian War Memorial and the topic of Remembrance Day, in Remembrance Day with Dr Brendan Nelson. To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, and @LOTLpod on Twitter.
As minister for defence, Brendan Nelson controversially spent $6.6 billion on Boeing fighter jets. Now he is running the company’s Australian division. In this episode, Mike Seccombe looks at the links between our government and the global weapons trade.Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe.Background reading: Close ties between government and military industries in The Saturday Paper The Saturday PaperThe MonthlyFor more information on today’s episode, visit 7ampodcast.com.au.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dr Brendan Nelson joins Natalie Peters & Erin Molan to preview Remembrance Day and discuss veterans affairs, including calls for a Royal Commission into veteran suicide.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dr Brendan Nelson - Director of the Australian War Memorial
Living History with Mat McLachlan
In the first of a series of special episodes from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Mat speaks to Dr Brendan Nelson, who has been Director of the Memorial for the past seven years. Topics include the importance of remembrance, Dr Nelson's visits to the Menin Gate in Ypres, the evolving role of the AWM and the controversial expansion plans for the museum. For more information, visit www.battlefields.com.au
Commemorating Australia’s military history, Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Australian War Memorial
Defence Connect Podcast Network
Dr Brendan Nelson AO's role as director of the Australian War Memorial is one of great responsibility, reflecting on the lives lived and lost during Australia's time at war. It is a role where Dr Nelson reveals he showcases stories in the context of war, which are so often not about war itself but a celebration of the Australian spirit. In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Dr Nelson joins host Phil Tarrant to reflect on his time before his current director role, including his tenure as Australia's ambassador to NATO in Brussels, and share the plans for the development of the Australian War Memorial, with almost $500 million to be invested in the centre in the coming nine years. Finally, he will discuss the opening of the Afghanistan exhibition and the shift towards greater defence industry involvement in the memorial. Enjoy the podcast, The Defence Connect team