Yesterday was Remembrance Day.  While originally marking the end of the Great War, the day is now one on which we remember all those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

This year 11 November marks the 96th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).  Of course next year is the Centenary of ANZAC, a very big year for us all, but particularly for the RSL movement.

I thank all our local RSL Sub Branch Members for their dedication to ensuring always that the occasion is always appropriately observed.  Lest We Forget.

I participated in Mayor Martin Rush’s Campaign launch on Friday night.  Whatever their political leanings, I believe most people will be pleased to see Mayor Martin offering his work ethic, experience and skills to the Upper Hunter Electorate.

I wish Martin well and thank media legend Phillip Adams for his thoughtful contribution and support for Martin’s campaign.

Occasionally world leaders visiting Australia are invited to address the Australian Parliament.  Unusually, this Friday and next Monday and Tuesday we will welcome three leaders three week days running.  The Leaders of the United Kingdom, China and India will all enter the House of Representatives to address assembled Members and Senators.

In my eighteen years in the Parliament maybe half a dozen prime ministers and presidents have been afforded the honour. 

Three in the space of a few days is most unusual but each of them is here for the G20 meeting.

E.G. Whitlam’s farewell last week was a truly incredible event.  Thousands packed the Sydney Town Hall while many others watched on big screens around the country or on the television at home.  The Sydney Orchestra was amazing, as was William Barton on his didgeridoo.

The speeches were also fantastic, especially that of Noel Pearson. It was a fitting tribute to a great man.

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