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…

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…

Much Ado About Greta

Has the cult of Greta gone too far? Child environmental activist Greta Thunberg has demanded world leaders do something about climate change since she began her school strikes outside the Swedish Parliament in 2018. Video: Facebook/TIME Since then, Greta has been invited to speak at TEDxSTockholm, the COP24 summit, Davos and the United Nations. She…

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…

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…

The Coronation of Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen

Elizabeth I’s Coronation was a grand spectacle intimately involving her subjects where she combined grandeur with the common touch. It was also a personal success. Mary I died from influenza on 17 November 1558, ending her dream to restore Catholicism to England. Elizabeth faced serious allegations of treason, even death, during her sister’s reign. Elizabeth…

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…