The badges from the second half of the twentieth century indicate that the Vietnam War, particularly the moratorium marches of 1970 and 1971, marked a turning point in mass mobilisation. Conscription was a contentious issue, documented by badges indicating a growing anti-war sentiment and peace activism. This period also marked the explosion of social activism, as grassroots organisations, collectives and individuals exercised their freedom of speech to seek social change. The women’s movement, Indigenous struggles and the gay rights movement made significant advances. Environmentalism, particularly concerns about nuclear energy and weapons, also gained prominence.

Peace, May Day 1957 Sack Menzies I’m on safari with S.S.A.A.F Work for peace N.S.W. welcomes President Johnson Don’t register for national service Environmental crisis WSA: Defeat U.S. imperialism Stop work to stop the war WEL Identification badge Larry Pickering Nuclear war would kill all these creatures Save me For a nuclear-free Pacific Free O'Meally Independence for Australia National Abortion Campaign: A woman’s right to choose If voting could change the system, it would be illegal I’m a Citizen for Democracy Women’s liberation The unborn have no freedom of choice Radioactivity fades your genes No smoking Thursdays in Black Stop ocean dumping Woman’s place is in the House and in the Senate Boycott Fraser State rail has gone bananas Save Medicare Break Australia’s Nuclear Chain Land Rights for Gay Whales Join the people who aren’t joining the army Another man against violence against women We’re not all straight in the Garden State I am an enemy of the state No dams in south-west Tasmania More trees please Land rights before games Local action, global benefits Solidarność Stamp out domestic violence Woman for survival Close Pine Gap Nov 11 women for survival Adam was a rough draft Legalise cannabis You can change the world. Vote Democrat. Peace Cyclists for nuclear disarmament Greenpeace: you can’t sink a rainbow Uranium Mining – Nuclear Weapons – Nuclear War – Ecocide From trident to life It’s not only men in uniform who pay the price of war Pornography promotes violence against women Aboriginal flag Minds are like parachutes —they only function when open Printers for peace Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition Save native forests I prefer a tram conductor Difrnt colours one people I’ve already voted “NO!” People need public transport Wearing buttons is not enough Amnesty International No racism Shine Room 1993 Asian brain, Aboriginal brain, European brain, racists’ brain Mabo, I support Aboriginal land rights! Stop the racists—black, Asian, white, unite and fight Free Xanana Gusmão Capitalism sux Neville Bonner’s Liberal Party of Australia Life Member badge Stolen generations commemorative badge, Sorry Day - 26th May Badgerys Creek: no airport Vote no to the politicians’ republic Australian Apathy Association Lesbian Pride Sharing our future, Corroboree 2000