National Park Proposal Threatens Jobs In The Pilliga

Does the Carr Government really know what’s best for the Pilliga State Forest? NSW Nationals Leader, Andrew Stoner, says, “The Greens don’t understand the nature of the Pilliga, and have the hide to say to country people they don’t know what they’re talking about, using dodgy science to try and intimidate local people who have…

Not Another National Park in the Pilliga? Locals See Red Over Greens’ Proposal

Does the Pilliga really need another National Park? The region already has two – Mt Kaputar and the Warrumbungles, plus the Pilliga Nature Reserve. The State Government has not ruled out the possibility, but countless lives remain in limbo. Member for Barwon, Ian Slack-Smith, has called upon the Government several times to end the three-year…

Greens Senator Mahreen Faruqui has reacted angrily to an online article which claims Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected more assistance to firefighters. According to SBS, the Prime Minister had addressed a media conference in Sydney on Tuesday, 10 December 2019, discussing the Religious Discrimination Act, the White Island tragedy in New Zealand, volunteer firefighters, and…

Charles II Hides In Oak Tree To Escape Oliver Cromwell’s Army

Charles II was forced to hide in an oak tree at Boscobel on 6 September 1651, following his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Worcester three days earlier. He was crowned in Scotland and had led a small army across the border to reclaim the English throne which had been lost two years earlier, when…

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Engagement, 16 November 2010

News of the royal engagement between Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton was welcomed by most Australians except by the Republican Movement. A statement from Clarence House said, “His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton are engaged to be married.” “Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a…

The Bombing of Darwin: Australia’s Pearl Harbor

The Bombing of Darwin was the largest attack against Australia by a foreign power, and the worst wartime disaster. It became known as Australia’s Pearl Harbor. The Japanese bombed Darwin on 19 February 1942 with 188 fighter planes. It was the largest attack since Pearl Harbor (7 December 1941). Chaos ensured as at least 240…

Lawrence of Arabia: War Hero and Writer

T E Lawrence’s role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 was immortalised in the 1962 film, “Lawrence of Arabia”, starring Peter O’Toole. Thomas Edward Lawrence was the second of five illegitimate sons born to Sir Thomas Robert Tighe, an Anglo-Irish landowner, and Sarah Junner. She was employed as his four…

The Sir Harry Oakes Mystery: An Unsolved Murder in the Bahamas

Flamboyant Canadian gold-mining millionaire, Sir Harry Oakes, was found brutally murdered on 8 July 1943 at his home in the Bahamas. This mystery remains unsolved today. Oakes’ family had left for their summer holiday in America but he entertained some guests, including personal friend Harold Christie, the night before, until the others left around 11.00…

Mary I of England (1553-1558): Bloody Mary

Mary I survived a difficult childhood—separated from her mother, rejected by her father and suffered poor health—to restore Catholicism to England and produce an heir. Mary was born in 1516 at Greenwich Palace, the only surviving child of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Henry was initially disappointed but he proudly showed off his…