I'm arguing that the ANZAC ideal is narrow but important one - and many Australians who esteem it are falling well short. A sample:
For some Australians, the idea of sacrificing dollars - not one's life or health - for the common good is affronting. They react with righteous fury at the mere mention of ''tax'', and treat the plan with hostility and suspicion. Gone are old ideas of mutual aid and stoic generosity. Climate change is someone else's problem.
My point is not that the government and its plans are flawless, but that it is very difficult to reconcile the ideal of Anzac sacrifice with the reality of contemporary selfishness.
We remember the Anzac generations, not only to commemorate their virtues, but also to encourage our own. Lest we forget.(Photo: ABC)