ANZAC: Controlling a name | Law

ANZAC: Controlling a name

Dr Catherine Bond was interviewed on ABC Radio National (22 April 2017) regarding her research into control of the term Anzac and the history of its use.

Dr Bond said, “You could probably say that [Anzac] is the most regulated word, particularly of national significance in the world. The only comparator would be something like Olympic, which obviously has international symbolism and significance. But Anzac is really a one-of-a-kind word in terms of the regulation and the extent of that regulation that we go to in Australia”.

She went on to say about her new book, Anzac: The Landing, The Legend, The Law, “The work came about when I was at the national archives and I started to read the letters of family members and soldiers who had written to the government asking for permission to use the term Anzac and were invariably denied. As a legal academic, a legal historian, it bothered me that that had been the case. That this law had been introduced and it had caused such hardship to people in such a difficult time, probably the most difficult time in their lives. I wanted to investigate why this law was introduced, what was its application and how it could have continued to this day”.

Listen to the full interview here.