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I’d rather be Dead than Red’!. Peace Rally Counter-Demonstrator. Peace Rally Counter-Demonstrator. Australia’s response to Communism. Communism means. The belief that private ownership should be abolished and all work and property should be shared by the community.

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i d rather be dead than red

I’d rather be Dead than Red’!

Peace Rally Counter-Demonstrator

Peace Rally Counter-Demonstrator

Australia’s response to Communism.

communism means

Communism means

The belief that private ownership should be abolished and all work and property should be shared by the community.

Based upon the writings of German philosopher Karl Marx the founding father of socialism

capitalism means

Capitalism means:

An economic system based on the private ownership of business, production and distribution.

key words associated with communism
Key Words associated with Communism
  • Red Scare
  • Commy
  • Espionage
  • Spy rings
  • Cold War
  • Korean War
  • ASIO
  • Domino theory
  • Petrov Affair
  • Democracy
  • Revolution
  • Protest
  • Capitalism
  • Iron curtain

Hammer & Sickle

former communist countries
Former Communist countries
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Laos
  • North Korea
  • Viet Nam
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Yugoslavia
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Eastern Germany

J. Stalin

F. Castro

Ho Chi Minh

Mao Zedong

Che Guevara

anti communists
Anti - Communists

Robert Menzies

Joseph McCarthy

Harry Truman

J. E. Hoover

anti communist propaganda
Anti-communist propaganda

This is an American anti-communism poster showing how communism could brainwash society and take away people’s freedom

This image shows civilisation being pulled down by communism

This image shows the death and

destruction that communism would do

to mankind

the growth of communism
The growth of Communism
  • 1917- Russia adopts this ideology after the revolution that got rid of the Tsar
  • WW11 ends tension begins between USA & USSR
  • 1947, Iron Curtain (Churchill), Soviet control of Eastern Europe. Beginning of conflict between East and West
  • 1949, China adopts Communism
  • 1950 McCarthyism – Domino theory, introduction of Anti-Communist bills
  • 1950 war with Korea – Australia’s involvement
  • 1950 Menzies anti-communist dissolution bill
  • 1952 Communist witch hunt – Jimmy Carruthers (boxer), Peter Finch (actor), Alan Walker (minister)
government s response to communism in australia
Government’s response to Communism in Australia
  • Series of anti-communist propaganda introduced film. Newsreels, posters & pamphlets.
  • Arrest of anyone who had communist views
  • Censorship of anything deemed pro-communist – ‘power without glory’novel by Frank Hardy was arrested and went through 9 month trial accusing him of being a communist agitator and troublemaker
Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov accused of being a soviet spy, but there was no proof that he was a threat to Australia – the incident was an embarrassment to the government.
  • Korean war, anti-war protestors were accused of being ‘dangerous communists’.
what have you learnt
What have you learnt?

1. Who is this anti-communist President?

J. E. Hoover

2.Who is the communist leader and which country is he president of?

Mao Zedong

6.Name 3 former communist countries

3.What does SEATO stand for?

Russia, China & North Viet Nam

South East Asia Treaty Organisation

7.Which Australian author wrote ‘Power & Glory’?

4.Which countries made up the organisation ANZUS?

Frank Hardy

Australia, New Zealand and The USA

5.Communism means an economicsystem based on the private ownership of business, production and distribution. True or False?



8. Which Australian Prime minister is this?

Robert Menzies

10. Who was Vladimir Petrov?

A Soviet Diplomat, accused of being a Soviet Spy

9. What name was given to those who protested against the war in Korea in 1950?

12. What is meant by the Domino Theory?

The idea, that is one country fell to Communism (e.g.. South Vietnam), the rest of the World would follow.

‘Dangerous Communists’

14. When did China become a communist country?

11. What does censorship mean?


The control of information communicated through letters, media, etc.

15. What is meant by the Cold War and which two countries were involved?

13. What is meant by the slogan ‘I’d rather be dead than Red’?

It was a period of tension, and a race of accumulating arms between the USA and Soviet Russia. There was no real physical conflict as is typical in war.