Australia’s nationhood, unlike many other countries of the world, was achieved with a vote, not a war.
Our democratic Parliament was founded in 1901 after many years of grand speeches, negotiations and
meetings.

Premier Sir Henry Parkes (1815-96), who served five terms as Premier of New South Wales, is remembered as the “Father of Federation”, even though he did not live to see its creation.

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Carbon is present in all forms of life and most fuels. When fuels are consumed to produce energy, the carbon is emitted as carbon dioxide.

A carbon tax is a tax that is levied on carbon dioxide emissions.

So any practice that creates emissions – whether it’s turning on a light, driving a car or manufacturing food and other goods – will incur a carbon tax.

Under the government’s plan, the carbon tax will be imposed directly on companies and indirectly on everybody else as those companies increase their prices to recover the tax. For families and small businesses, that will mean either spending more – or consuming less.

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RIVERINA’S regional referral hospital received $55.1 million from the Federal Budget and, in the words of physiciancardiologist and long-time Wagga Wagga Base Hospital campaigner Dr Gerard Carroll, “we now have a hospital.”

The money for a complete rebuild of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (WWBH) in the 10 May Budget will hasten the project, with a construction firm already announced and work to begin shortly.

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HAVING spilled their blood to win peace in The Great War, Australian soldiers then spilled their sweat to forge the mighty Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

These hardy souls were true national heroes.

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THE commitment by the men and women of Wagga Wagga and district to Australia’s past and present wartime and peacetime military efforts is as dedicated as any region in the land.

Long lists of names chiselled into local war memorials recording the fallen and also those who enlisted and were fortunately able to make it home again, show the strength of the response by the region when the call to duty was made.

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ANZAC Day is more than just a cross-Tasman commemoration of the start of a famous military campaign of yesteryear.

It is more than merely a day on which we pause to reflect about sacrifices made in the past as well as the present for previous generations of peace-loving people and certainly for the sake of all of us today.

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WHEN the call came in our nation’s greatest hour of need, the mighty men – and women too – from the Snowy Mountains region of the Riverina responded magnificently.

They enlisted in their hundreds – patriotically, voluntarily and most of all enthusiastically. Willing to do their bit. Ready to serve. Prepared to die if necessary.

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WHEN the call came in our nation’s greatest hour of need, the mighty men – and women too – from the Snowy Mountains region of the Riverina responded magnificently.

They enlisted in their hundreds – patriotically, voluntarily and most of all enthusiastically. Willing to do their bit. Ready to serve. Prepared to die if necessary.

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