About the author

Hal G.P. Colebatch has a PhD in Political Science and BA Honours and MA degrees in History and Politics from the University of Western Australia. He is also a lawyer with BJuris and LLB degrees, and has lectured in international law at Edith Cowan and Notre Dame universities in Western Australia.

He has had a number of books published in areas from biography to political economy, including seven volumes of poetry and fifteen works of fiction. He has also written for many Australian newspapers and journals.

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About the book

Australia's Secret War tells the hidden story of the war waged from 1939 to 1945 by a number of key Australian trade unions against society and the men and women of Australia's fighting forces at the time of its gravest peril.

The book's conclusions are based on a broad range of sources, from letters and first-person interviews between the author and ex-servicemen to official and unofficial documents from the archives of World War Two.

 How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II by Hal GP Colebatch

Quadrant Books

Judges' Comments

Hal. G. P. Colebatch's Australia's Secret War relates a neglected chapter in the history of Australia during World War Two.

Based on letters, diaries, memoirs and interviews rather than on official hand-outs, it shows in telling and often shocking detail how strikes by a minority of trade unionists in essential industries sabotaged the war effort both during and after the Hitler-Stalin pact.