LEST WE FORGETAt the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the Armistice ending the First World War came into effect and the fighting on the Western Front stopped.
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Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front, where more than 45,000 lost their lives and more than one-third of those have no known grave.

During the First World War the Anzac legend was born, which helped define the character of our young nation.

Sadly, this was not the last time that Australians have been called upon to fight, and die, for the values and freedoms that also define our national character.

More than 102,000 Australians have died serving our country in all wars and conflicts.On Remembrance Day, we honour each and every one of those Australians.

At 11am we fall silent, not to glorify war but to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our country.

Lest we forget.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

WHO IS CALLING SHOTS?What kind of a country have we become with a gutless Prime Minister, who hasn’t the backbone to stand up to the extreme right in his Party.

We have the likes of Abetz, Anderson, Abbott and Dutton, together with the Nationals, One Nation and Family First calling the shots.

This is a general view held by many Australians reflected in his poor polling, which is lower then that of Abbott at the time he was deposed.

Turnbull is a full on capitalist, but was regarded as a small “L” liberal when it came to social issues.

While some of the poorest countries in the world are taking in hundreds of thousands refugees this Government is proposing life bans on those who arrive on boats.

This is after placing these people assessed as refugees in offshore prisons indefinitely.

Neither Party can stand proud on its treatment of refugees. However, this latest proposal is really twisting the knife.

If the same approach was taken with Vietnamese refugees the country would have lost the skills, talents and good humour of these Australians, who have added value to our multicultural society.

.While Turnbull lets this right wing rabble run the race he will go down in history as Australia’s do nothing Prime Minister.

Ken Bone, Conjola Park

SWEET MUSICSaturday night, I was again astounded by the Australian Musicians that played at Jane’s on Flinders street Wollongong.

This week, we heard Cameron Little, guitarist and vocalist who wrote and sang gentle earthy personal songs with guitar virtuosity equal to Stevie Ray Vaughan, including a superb ballad called Silver that I still can’t get out of my head.

If that wasn’t enough, we were further entertained by Western Australian musicians from the Blue Child Collective with acoustic guitar and delightful vocal harmonies.

My husband and I were amazed by the sheer talent before us. Another fantastic night at your venue, it was a pure treat to be entertained by such outstanding talented musicians. Jane, we would like to thank you for hosting the best music in the Australia.

Patricia and Charlie Bohackyj, Towradgi

ON THE CUSPChina is on the cusp of economic superiority.What will happen if China instead of moving up a rung in the world of finance becomes the most powerful political nation in the world? I’ll answer that question. There will be a dramatic change in military alliances. The election of Donald Trump as the next American President is a threat to world stability and may lead to the escalation of opportunistic, aggressive, moves by expanding nations.

John Macleod, Berry

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