I think this latest decision is one which I agree with mostly because I believe Australia is such a vastly different country these days than it was even just three decades ago. In terms of the tribute to World War 2 however there is still that obvious link to the monarchy so I’m not sure how this will go down with people.
One thing I can say was having been to a dawn service for ANZAC day I am a bit perturbed by the massive focus on the church and Christianity rather than a focus on sacrifice, and human behaviour or endeavour (whatever your viewpoint may be) It is a bit rich to retrospectively assume all those Aussie diggers who died in conflict were from a Christian belief. So instead of having a representative from the military giving a speech there was a priest claiming how wonderful God is and how these boys died for Him and us. If you want to believe that fantasy then that is your prerogative but don’t have the guile to flood a service with that type of rhetoric.
I felt bad because I came away from the service disillusioned but of course I shouldn’t let these feelings take away from remembrance of that battle which was on a scale i and others in generations to come can only imagine.