Re­flec­tions from the past

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

Novem­ber 25, 1916 SUCH scenes as those wit­nessed at the Rochester ex­emp­tion court on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day last may be taken as typ­i­cal of what has oc­curred and is oc­cur­ring through­out the Com­mon­wealth.

It is pa­tent to any­one at­tend­ing these courts that there is a vast amount of war ma­te­rial that is unutilised.

In the great ma­jor­ity of cases it was clearly demon­strated that tem­po­rary ex­emp­tion for har­vest pur­poses would meet the case.

How much of this ma­te­rial will be made avail­able to the em­pire for prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance in this her time of need?

A month in camp ei­ther at once or the end of Jan­uary will not pro­vide the prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance, will not help to win the war.

The only thing that jus­ti­fies this kind of mo­bil­i­sa­tion is the hope that these young men will be brought face to face with the fact that for the na­tion there is some­thing se­ri­ous do­ing that the coun­try is not un­der­tak­ing the ex­pense of tak­ing them into camp to rob them of a months lib­erty out of sheer cussed­ness to in­con­ve­nience it for the fun of do­ing so and that as an out­come of this re­al­i­sa­tion they will elect to show that they not alone pos­sess the blood of men who have made the em­pire great but the spirit of them thy they will ap­pre­ci­ate the more by be­ing de­prived of it for a month that glo­ri­ous lib­erty which hangs in the bal­ances in the mighty con­flict rag­ing at the bat­tle fronts bat­tle fronts which are those of Aus­tralia as much as they are those of Aus­tralia as much as they are those of other al­lied pow­ers.

Novem­ber 26, 1946 DEAKIN Shire Coun­cil's with­drawal from the Mur­ray Val­ley De­vel­op­men­tal League last week com­pletes the dis­trict aban­don­ment of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

At the meet­ing of the coun­cil on Mon­day of last week Cr L Slade in a com­pre­hen­sive re­port re­gard­ing busi­ness trans­acted at a meet­ing of the league did not speak op­ti­misti­cally as to the fu­ture op­er­a­tions of he or­gan­i­sa­tion or the col­umn of work for good that it was likely to ac­com­plish.

On the mo­tion Crs Slade and Var­coe it was de­cided that ow­ing to the in­creased fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments re­quired by the league the shire would not re af­fil­i­ate.

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