Anzac Day

Supporting Veterans During And After Service – Anzac Day 2021

26 April, 2021

Commemorating Anzac Day ties us to every Anzac Day that has come before. This year, James Carleton and the God Forbid panel discuss military ethics and chaplaincy as Australia’s longest war – in Afghanistan – comes to an end.

In this episode:

More than 100 years ago, priests and representatives from the Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches formed the royal Australian Army Chaplains Department. Today, chaplains from many faith traditions are a common sight in the Australian Defence Force.

At the beginning of any armed conflict, questions arise about whether hostilities are the best course of action. If the answer is yes, then the war is considered justified. But what makes a just war?

Around 500 Australian veterans have lost their lives by suicide since 2001 – approximately eight times the number who lost their lives to the Afghanistan conflict. As a result, the government has recently announced a royal commission into defence and veteran suicide.


Rev Kaye Ronalds is the Uniting Church representative to the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services (RACS) and former Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church. She served as an army chaplain for over 25 years, seeing active duty in the Solomon Islands on the RAMSI mission.

Dr Matt Beard is Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. He also presents the Short and Curly podcast, an ABC show about ethics for kids and parents.

ABC, God Forbid, James Carleton, 25 April 2021. Listen the full episode here.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership’s programs include the 2 day Executive Ethics, 6 day Executive Colloquium and year-long Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. We also deliver online and tailored corporate programs. Find the right program for you. They are all held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage genuine and open debate, and allow participants to candidly discuss sometimes sensitive issues in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public, and contribute to a broader conversation. The alumni program offers ongoing leadership development support and a lifelong connection with Cranlana.

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