OUR SAY: What are the Anzac values?

MARY Valley anti-dam campaigner Ian Mackay makes a thought-provoking comparison when he points out that the Traveston Dam announcement came directly after Anzac Day and was rejected on Remembrance Day, three-and-a-half years later.

More directly relevant to Anzac Day itself, David Gibson spoke movingly to residents of the same Mary Valley about the desperate need to do more for our suffering veterans, who commit suicide far too often.

The dam campaign was not Gallipoli, but the human right to campaign against government policy and the obligation of governments to respect us are among values "forged in the crucible of war".

Governments and their bureaucracies should not forget those rights, although they sometimes seem to.

And we should not forget where those rights came from.