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Centenary of First World War Armistice

One hundred years ago, on November 11, 1918, 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, 11 November was known as Armistice Day and two minutes of solemn silence was observed at 11am.

Today, 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

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Contribute to local government

Upcoming council elections are a pivotal example of a community members democratic right to have a say in the governance of their local area.

Candidates who chose to offer themselves, to represent and serve their community, provide ratepayers and residents with a voice on their district's council.

Once elected, these councillors will rely heavily on the concerns and needs of both individuals and groups, which are brought to their attention, to fulfil the role they have accepted.

Decisions made by councils should then reflect the expressed desires and viewpoints of the people they represent, rather than resolutions to matters undertaken, which only reflect the individual stance or preference of a duly elected member or a group of members.

All ratepayers, beyond just electing a council, need to be active and ongoing regular contributors to the functioning and operation of their district council, so that decisions are made with an awareness of all necessary facts and considerations.

It is easy to criticise councils for actions they have taken, and we have all done it, but if we have not made our feelings known, we abrogate our right to question and condemn their final determinations.

I urge all ratepayers and residents to contribute to their local democracy, by informing elected representatives of any issues or concerns they may have, prior to decisions being made.

IAN MACGOWAN

10 Nicholas Street

Ceduna

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