Reflections from the past
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.