Discover one of Australia’s most extraordinary characters in the Old Parliament House travelling exhibition Billy Hughes at War.
Billy Hughes led Australia as prime minister through some of the hardest years of the First World War. His actions and decisions give a personal insight into some of the key issues of the war.
You can explore the activities and resources on this website to learn about Prime Minister Billy Hughes, the conscription debate and Australia’s involvement in the peace negotiations.
About Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes was a complex and complicated character. As Australia’s prime minister for most of the First World War, he steered the nation through the horrors of the war and the debates of the peace settlement.
The debate over conscription divided Australia. Two referenda were held during the First World War with very close results.
Billy Hughes represented Australia at the Peace conference negotiations in Europe. It was the first time that Australia had an independent voice on the world stage.
Are you for or against conscription? Hear arguments from both sides of the debate and cast your vote.
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