Poem – Joanna Collett – Where’s the Aussie Aid?

Dear Mrs Collett

Goodonya lovely lady to write of problems in OZ which are rife

Thanks to Canberra Suits, our once lucky country is in big strife

Long ago with blood, sweat and tears, we became a free nation

Until a space age virus whacked Pollys with blindness and retardation

Hang in there lovely lady, let your voice be loud and never mute

I support your views with this letter to the Boss of Canberra suits

Dear Prime Minister,

Political correctness is gathering speed to change what used to be

While OZ burns, Parliament fiddles with debates on He or She 

Gladiators paint finger nails pink and chastened if foe are made dead 

Black is no longer black, and if you disagree, be careful what is said

Racist, bigot or homophobic is now used to counter opposing views  

Ape, dunce, midget, sheila and basxxtard are terrible words and taboo **

On TV, you quoted from Dot’s poem, of “Drought and flooding rain”

It’s been heard for over a hundred years by thirsty mobs in pain

Yet still with each flood, precious gold escapes freely to the sea

Sir, go abroad where lakes and dams are where arid land used to be

Let’s get off our arse and create a disaster fund this very day

You could start by reducing foreign aid until we can pay our way  

There are no leaders at the wheel and OZ is on a dangerous sea

Reefs of poverty, discontent, and disunity are near and soon to be

It’s time to change direction and once more be united as one

Time for true blue leaders to take us from darkness and find the sun

To rationalise immigration, debt, energy, kill PC and much more

Rescue our beloved OZ, stolen by a noisy few, or go find the* #*door

George Mansford  – August 18

***The reason I distort basxxxsrd is because a robot rejects all of the message to many recipients. 

 

Mrs Collett’s letter poem to the Prime Minister says:

G’day Mr Turnbull, I trust that you are fine,

Sorry to be bothering you, but there’s something on my mind

I listened to a bloke last week; he had a bit to say

You lot may have heard of him? He delivers all that hay?

 

He spoke of countless hours and the distances they drive

Feeding starving stock, to keep bush hopes alive

They do not get assistance from your tax funded hat

They do it on their own, all off their own bat

 

I’m not politically minded and I don’t have any clout

And I know you’ve done a tour, to learn about the drought

But there’s just some burning questions, that have left us feeling beat

Why did we fund a foreign land, to learn to cut up meat?

 

And what about those soccer boys, who went and got all lost

You pulled out all the bloody stops, plain just showing off

You’ve bigger problems here at home, there’s drought up to our necks

So what does your mob go and do?  Give them big fat cheques!

 

Don’t they have a government to deal with all this stuff?

Why should it be up to us, what’s with all your fuss?

Should we not be reigning in and look after our own

Have you never heard the phrase “charity starts at home”?

 

I realise there’s many things, that need an allocation

And I also can appreciate, complex trade relations

I’m not sure if you realise, but if our stock all die,

There won’t be any trade you see, your deals will all run dry

 

As a rule we’re not a whinging lot, our requests are but a few

Most of us who work the land, are tested, tried and true

We respect that we are guardians, and sustain it for the kids

But I often have to wonder, what future will it bring?

 

I guess all that I’m wondering, is “where’s the Aussie aid”?

Wrapped up in a swag of tape, only then to be repaid ! 

There’s Aussie blokes and chicks out there, putting you to shame

Helping fellow Australians, in their time of pain

 

I’m just a simple farmer, grazier, wife and mum

And even though we’re feeding stock, we’re better off than some

I’ve never had to shoot a cow, who could no longer stand

But many have before me, and I pray, I’m not dealt that hand

 

So will you take another look; admit that we’re in strife ?

And do more than bloody empathise, before another farmer takes their life ?

I’d like to think you’ll do what’s right and put Australia first

And help your own damn country, before this drought gets any worse

Joanna Collett
Wee Waa NSW

War veterans find new meaning in civilian life by responding to disasters

When soldier Geoff Evans was serving in Afghanistan in 2010, a roadside bomb exploded underneath him. His spine was crushed and he had a brain injury so severe, he couldn’t write his own name.

While in recovery, the former Australian Army Lieutenant met a homeless veteran. The encounter led to his decision to start a charity to support veterans who were living rough.

But he didn’t stop there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSC Campaign: Veteran Protest Rally

As part of our campaign to seek inclusion of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) in the Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Finance Services Industry, a Dignified Veteran Protest Rally will be staged when the Royal Commission convenes in Brisbane on 28 June.

Our aim is to draw media and public attention to our cause and have the Veteran Voice be heard at the Royal Commission.

We will also use the opportunity to draw attention to past Government practice of making retrospective changes to the rules of law that affect veteran benefits.

You’re invited to  join us and show your support to the younger Veterans in this “Dignified Protest”. If you are in the Brisbane area, come along for 15 minutes or more, and have a chat to the younger Veterans who are affected by unfair CSC policies. They will value your support. BYO coffee.

Get a photo of yourself holding a placard (they will be provided) – Bragging rights to your kids and grandkids of you participating in a “Demo”, then go have a coffee with mates in the Roma Street Gardens.

When: Thursday 28th June. From 0945 to 1130.

Where: Outside Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street, Brisbane. (People and media will be arriving for the Royal Commission Hearings starting at 1000hrs.)

Dress. Smart Casual or better, with Medals – as you would wear on Anzac Day. Service dogs welcome.

We need your support so spread the word on social media and bring your mates

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DVA – Assistance Dog Trial to Help Tackle Veteran Mental Health

The Federal Government is putting veterans first with an innovative trial of assistance dogs for veterans.

La Trobe University in Victoria will partner with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in conducting a $2 million trial of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) assistance dogs for veterans, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester announced today.

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“I am pleased to announce that DVA has engaged La Trobe University, in partnership with the Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia, to undertake the trial of assistance dogs for veterans with PTSD as a supplement to clinical treatment,”Mr Chester said.

La Trobe is a leader in research involving our best friend and is the home to Australia’s first dedicated human-dog interaction laboratory. Dogs are great company, good fun, loyal friends and anyone who has had a dog knows they can be incredibly beneficial for your wellbeing.

“The trial will be a considered process that takes into account the specific needs of the participating veteran – such as determining the most appropriate breed and temperament of dog, and the bonding process between the dog and participant.”

Mr Chester said work would commence on the detailed design phase of the trial, including the process for veteran recruitment. Selection of participants will commence early in 2019, with dog or puppy selection taking place after that.

“Following the matching and suitability process, there will be a period of approximately 18 months for the initial dog training and the bonding process, prior to the placement of the dog with the participant on a permanent basis. It is expected that up to 20 participants will take part in the trial,” Mr Chester said.

“Unlike pet or companion dogs, assistance dogs are specially trained to perform ‘tasks’ that contribute to the clinical recovery goals of the individual. The assistance dog will be integrated as part of a clinical care plan involving the veteran and their mental health clinician.

“Of course, throughout this trial, the welfare and safety of the veterans and of the dogs will be paramount.”

La Trobe Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Nugent said that the University, in consultation with DVA, veteran mental health and industry experts, will establish and apply best practice protocols to guide the training, selection and monitoring of participants and assistance dogs.

“This world-first approach to assisting people with PTSD will see our researchers working alongside industry experts in assistance-dog training. Our students and staff will also play an integral role in this process. We expect this project to make a meaningful difference to the lives of our veterans,” Professor Nugent said.

Mr Chester said the assistance dog trial was just one of the new initiatives to strengthen the Turnbull Government’s commitment to veterans’ mental health and wellbeing.

“This trial involving DVA and La Trobe University will include consultation and the active participation of veterans through the design and delivery of this program.

30 May 2018

ADSO Comment

download 47This is a welcome initiative, long sought for by John Jarrett and Peter Wallace of Young Diggers with their Dog Squad initiative.

download 46See also Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) Setting standards for the assistance dog industry since 1987  It is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.

Rod Slater – Kilcoy Diggers’ Recruitment

Kilcoy Diggers are always looking to welcome ‘like minded persons’ to join their ranks to assist the Kilcoy Race Club Inc. (KRC), in the conduct of their major race meetings …. Australia Day (January), Diggers Cup (April), Kilcoy Cup (June), Veterans Race Day(August) and the Christmas Cup (December), are all big days for KRC, the Kilcoy Community and the Country Racing Industry.

The only prior experience required is that applicants must ‘like a good time socializing’ with their fellow volunteers!

 

 

 

For further information contact Rod Slater 0419656956, [email protected] or Facebook ‘Kilcoy Diggers’

 

 

National Volunteers Week

From RARA National to all volunteers thank you for your commitment to caring for others in so many ways. To our own RAR Family of volunteers we greatly appreciate your support to our tribe.
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Volunteering Australia is delighted to announce its new theme and logo for National Volunteer Week (NVW) in 2018. The theme for 2018 is: Give a little. Change a lot.

 

This theme represents the millions of volunteers who make a significant impact in their communities and on society by giving a little of their time. National Volunteer week will be held from 21-27 May 2018.

 

Resources are available for download here. Please check the website for more details over the coming months. We look forward to celebrating Australia’s 6 million volunteers who generously give their time to various causes.

VETAFFAIRS – From The Minister: Putting Veterans First

 

In his first Vetaffairs column since his appointment as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in March, Darren Chester shares his plans for the portfolio, starting by thanking Vetaffairs readers for their service.

“This portfolio is one that can make a real difference to people’s lives. It’s my job, as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, to make sure that we understand and act on your needs so that we can make that difference.

My approach will be pretty straightforward. I’m your representative to government. I will make sure your voice is heard. I want to know what your concerns are, and I’ll do my best to address them within the Parliamentary process.

“I want to know what’s going on, and what’s working. I want to know what’s not working, and where we can make changes…”

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AUSTRALIANS CAUGHT UP IN FACEBOOK LEAK TO BE NOTIFIED SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

About 310,000 Australian Facebook users are set to find out their personal information may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

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The social media behemoth is expected on Wednesday (Tuesday US time) to notify the 87 million users worldwide whose data may have been unknowingly and “improperly” shared with the British political consulting agency.

About one in 50 Australian users and one in every three American users are among those affected.

Facebook users will receive one of two notifications at the top of their newsfeed.

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Fuel Savings with RACQ

 RACQ members can now receive fuel discounts at service stations across the country.

The deal with independent fuel retailer chain Puma Energy allows members to save four cents per litre off their fuel purchases.

This discount is not only on all fuel types at more than 100 participating Puma servos in Queensland, but Australia wide. Perfect for those members taking an inter-state road trip.

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