Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War by Catherine Bond

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June–July 2020, no. 422
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Kieran Pender reviews 'Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War' by Catherine Bond

Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War

by Catherine Bond

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 246 pp

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Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War by Catherine Bond

Reviewed by
June–July 2020, no. 422

As with many authors, Covid-19 forced Catherine Bond to cancel the launch event for her new book. But unlike most authors’ work, the contemporary relevance of Bond’s latest book has been considerably heightened by the ongoing pandemic. Indeed, in the midst of this crisis it is hard to imagine a historical text timelier than Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War. A century later, lessons from that era are still instructive today.

Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on people’s lives. At the time of writing, Australians cannot leave their homes except in narrowly defined circumstances. Domestic and international borders have been sealed. The government is effectively underwriting the economy. In a society governed by law, these changes have been brought about by hastily drafted legislation and regulation. The extent of the power now lawfully wielded by Australia’s federal and state executives is unparalleled in living memory.

Kieran Pender reviews 'Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War' by Catherine Bond

Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War

by Catherine Bond

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 246 pp

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