John Curtin
1941-1945

As Prime Minister I am aware the world is watching. Few will deny that the care and welfare of the Australian aborigines should, in principle, be a national responsibility.

Indigenous perspective

I wanted to fight for my country in the war. They said “no, only white fellas” but I found a way. I was proud to fight with my mates, white and black, all the same. But, we only got half the money and the RSL slam the door to us.