Author Archives: tonykennedy

About tonykennedy

I live in Canberra and am interested in keeping people informed about events important in Australia.

Increased fire frequency

Fuel Reduction Burning (FRB) is currently a prescribed management technique for fire prone areas of Australia. Whilst it may be effective in the short-term, can it really be a sustainable practice and if it is used on a continual basis … Continue reading

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When service is not service

Just had a “service” call from GIO Australia, a major insurance company in Australia. The “service” bloke on the phone was trying to blame me for changing insurers as I found a company that could offer the same conditions for … Continue reading

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Tanabata is a Japanese festival that is celebrated every year on 7th July. When this time of year comes around, people write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo trees, along with decorations. You can see … Continue reading

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Hall of Valour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

On 21 February 2011, the Hall of Valour was opened by Her Excellency The Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce. The hall commemorates all those who have received the highest award for valour that can be bestowed, namely the Victoria Cross. … Continue reading

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War Stories

For a country that has never started a war, we have certainly been in our fair share of them over the years. The official history of war paints us a big simple picture. Unfortunately in this big picture version of … Continue reading

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Reginald Walter Saunders

Many Aborigines have enlisted and served in Australia’s defence forces, and several have won decorations, but the first to be promoted to a commissioned rank was Reginald Walter Saunders, of Victoria.   Reg Saunders was born a member of the … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is the day Australians remember those who have died in war. In 1918 the armistice that ended World War One came into force, bringing to an end four years of hostilities that saw 61919 Australians die at sea, … Continue reading

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