The members of the Albury RSL sub-branch sincerely would like to thank the community, the soldiers from Bandiana and the volunteers that sold poppies or attended the Remembrance Day service in St Matthew's Church on Remembrance Day.
Whilst the church service was restricted again this year, we were still able to provide the opportunity for community leaders to lay a wreath. It continues to be our honour to provide the community with the opportunity to attend such services and to pay their respects. We now look forward to unrestricted Anzac Day services and the march.
We must continue to remember the ultimate sacrifice that more than 102,000 men and women paid for our freedom and way of life that we all enjoy today. Remember that freedom is not free, and often comes at a terrible price.
Your correspondent David Everist (On the Wallaby, November 13) has somehow managed to turn an announcement that Australia has signed up to a COP26 pledge to end deforestation into an attack on former Greens leader Bob Brown. This is looking like an obsession with the Greens.
Dr Brown has suggested Australia's new commitment to deforestation should mean that Australia will stop deforestation, but Mr Everist has pointed out the error of this rash assumption. In this he is supported by Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who pointed out that this new commitment will not affect any forestry activities in Australia. Apparently, we now oppose deforestation anywhere but Australia.
Rather than expose this as rank hypocrisy by the Morrison government, Mr Everist thinks the error lies with a retired Greens senator who was just stating the obvious.
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Wagga MP Joe McGirr says that he will oppose the NSW voluntary assisted dying bill because of "advances in palliative care".
On the same day, Premier Dom Perrottet was busy apologising and blaming himself, when he was treasurer, for "not doing enough to improve palliative care" and promising to "do more to improve palliative care" (November 13). The two statements can't both be true. Mr McGirr cites huge "advances" in palliative care in glowing terms while the Premier heaps scorn upon his own head for having "failed to deliver that care".
He claims to have "failed" but promises to "fix it", noting that there's "clearly more to do". This mutually exclusive contradiction might lead one to believe that Mr McGirr's huge "advances in palliative care" haven't yet been invented.
Mr McGirr's other reason for opposing the bill is because one medical study suggested that terminal patients seeking to end their lives did so only for "psychological reasons". His own reasoning is that euthanasia "goes against the sanctity of human life". Life, in other words, is "god-given" and euthanasia is thus a sin.
I don't criticise what people believe about the mystical dogma that religion entails. But religious faith is, I'm sure, the perfect example of a "psychological reason" on which to base a rational argument. Perhaps Dr McGirr believes that his psychological reasons are better than those held by the terminally ill.
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