It has been more than a century since the Anzac legend was forged on battlefields across Europe.
Amid the horrors that played out in theatres of war in locations which are now infamous, an enduring legacy was built around the spirit of mateship.
This very concept of loyalty and sacrifice would go on to define our national character.
These same threads exist today and form the fabric of our society.
Whether it be the First or Second World War, or more recent deployments to the Middle East or Afghanistan, one doesn't have to look too hard to see this commitment of looking out for each other.
The Salvation Army shares this same spirit of mateship today as we did serving our troops in the Boer War around the turn of the 20th Century.
Whether it be a hot drink and a snack to sustain weary minds and bodies, or a listening ear and words of strength and encouragement for those most in need, the Salvos were there.
Today, whether in barracks or in the field on exercises, or serving on overseas deployments, the Salvos are still there...and always will be. Because that's what mates do.
MAJOR BRETT GALLAGHER
The Salvation Army's Chief Commissioner for Red Shield Defence Services
Wind farm potential ignored
In the mid north of SA numerous landowners have income streams from wind farms.
On Eyre Peninsula where the wind resources are much greater, they do not.
Wind farm development has been stymied here for many years, the barrier being the inadequacy of the high voltage transmission system.
It is of small capacity and does not traverse the areas with the best wind resources.
It is old and unreliable and power outages are common.
Supply to Lower Eyre Peninsula was turned off on a recent hot windy day because of the fire risk it was perceived to pose to the region.
Although the issues and opportunities have been known for decades, Electranet has only recently firmed up a proposal to upgrade the system.
However this is for a relatively small capacity increase and a route that will not be conducive to wind farm developments over the Cleve-Kimba high country, the west coastline and the Lincoln uplands.
Farmers and graziers in these areas will therefore continue to be denied income stream opportunities from wind farming.
Our Liberal and Labor power brokers have failed again and again to tackle this matter with vision, conviction and commitment.
The region deserves better.
The time for a change away from the Liberal/Labor political mix in our parliament is now.
Electricity fairy tale
Once upon a time we had cheap reliable electricity.
Now we have electricity, solar panels, batteries and increased prices.
It is the government's responsibility to provide the country with cheap reliable electricity - someone is not doing their job.
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