Item 07: Hector Brewer diary, 17 November-12 December 1918 - Page 48
must take the blame. Freedom and recklessness are part of our natural heritage in Australia
and unless and unless this spirit is pruned and controlled now it will have a disastrous effect on the nation a century on or more, hence. There always has been and always will be, big troubles in all nations and most of all these troubles if not all are due principally to Selfishness on the part of a few and or a large party of the people.
In both of the above quoted cases, it was apparently national selfishness
and as nobody made any effort to inquire into the matter.