Centenary of Armistice
ONE hundred years ago on November 11 the Armistice that ended the fighting during the First World War was signed with Germany.
After more than four years of brutal fighting in the most destructive war the modern world had seen, the guns fell silent, and people around the world rejoiced.
But it came at a great cost, and for Australia, of the some 416,000 who enlisted for service more than 60,000 died - the effects of which were felt in every community, large and small, around the country.
In the years that followed the war, November 11 was known as Armistice Day and two minutes of solemn silence was observed at 11am.
November 11 is known as Remembrance Day, and it stands as the day we remember the men and women who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over a century of service.
This Remembrance Day, I urge all Australians in communities across the nation to wear a red Flanders Poppy and to stop for a minute’s silence to remember these brave men and women.
We should also remember those who returned home carrying with them the scars of their service, and the family members who cared for them. And we thank those currently serving in the Australian Defence Force and on peacekeeping operations.
As a nation we should all show our gratitude for the sacrifice of those who have bravely served and died.
For a century we have remembered them and we will ensure they are remembered still. Lest we forget.
Darren Chester, Veterans’ Affairs Minister.
AT LAST there is a response from the chairman of the board of the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania in regard to the relocation of the museum.
So many people have contacted me and expressed concerns on this vital issue and have also written in with those concerns including myself whereas others claim letters have been ignored. Those making the effort to drive to the site are aware of the conditions presented at the bottom of Lindsay Street, not only do they find there to be not one, but two cement works bordering the site, one new plant owned by Boral, which is bordering another much older fully operating cement plant, which has never been mentioned at any time by council or what appears to be a hoodwinked museum board.
All just singing from the same song book, but sadly only the chorus line that has become so very evident, blind Freddy would know immediately the site was alien to the museums in so many ways, but is there a sinister motive behind the move? I would like to thank Mr Williscroft for his words on the matter and any threats to the museum’s survival will always rile my emotions.
Geoffrey Smedley, Trevallyn.
On the lookout
POLICE have warned the public to be on the lookout for a white, elderly, heterosexual, male in the Launceston area, who police believe will soon try to leave the state, with his birth certificate, to avoid the possibility of becoming an “it”.
Members of the public are warned not to approach the suspect as he may be armed with a Bible.
Ian Macpherson, Launceston.
THE Prime Minister sends Malcolm Turnbull to a major conference in Bali. Malcolm Turnbull states that if the Australian Embassy is moved from TelAviv to Jerusalem, Indonesia will be displeased (furious).
The Prime Minister reprimanded him for discussing the issue with Indonesia even though as it turns out it was in his brief. Scott Morrison states that we make our own foreign policy.
Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority nation in the world and our nearest neighbour. The idea of moving the embassy was a major foreign policy change purely for domestic purposes, winning over the Jewish vote in the Wentworth byelection and it failed.
Our foreign policy must be made in a global context, but with special reference to our neighbours.
With “musical chairs” Prime Ministers and now this, Australia is a laughing stock in the rest of the world. I am embarrassed when my overseas friends ring me and I have to try and explain what is going on.
I am no great fan of Bill Shorten and the Labor Party, but the Morrison administration needs to be “put out of its misery”. Australia needs stable government. I feel only federal Labor can provide this.
Malcolm Scott, Newstead.
A UNIVERSITY Revue has been staged over the past two months in federal parliament.
Firstly, the failed attempt to overthrow Prime Minister Turnbull by Peter Dutton, whose own eligibility to sit in parliament is very questionable. Eventually, Prime Minister Turnbull is replaced by his trusted Treasurer, Scott Morrison, albeit, unable to explain why Mr Turnbull was replaced as Prime Minister, or his involvement in the coup d’état. The resignation of Mr Turnbull initiates a historic byelection loss of his former electorate of Wentworth, creating a minor Liberal National Party government. The evergreen National Party leadership aspirant, Barnaby Joyce, accuses Mr Turnbull of sulking after losing his prime ministership
Enter Tony Abbott, claiming Mr Turnbull should not represent the Australian Government at “Our Ocean Legacy” conference in Bali, as proposed before his sudden overthrow and consequential self-imposed permanent exile. While the tsunami of public opinion continues to grow against the Liberal ship Titanic, perhaps unable to locate an euphemistic iceberg due to climatic political change. The similarities between the 1971-72 McMahon Government and the present circumstances of the incumbent federal government are eerily profound.