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Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

PRIME Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott has given the Abo­rig­i­nal Sec­ond World War vet­er­ans recog­ni­tion and medals for their ser­vice to their coun­try. This ne­glect by all pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments is a shame­ful blot on Aus­tralian history. Too lit­tle al­most too late. What about all those Abo­rig­i­nal sol­diers who have died in bat­tle or since the end of the war? No medals for them un­til now. They faced the same risks and suf­fered the same hard­ships as the rest of our fight­ing forces dur­ing that war. As one Abo­rig­i­nal vet­eran said, “Our coun­try was un­der at­tack so we had to fight”. Some years ago I saw a TV re­port that told of Abo­rig­i­nal sol­diers who are guard­ing the top end of Aus­tralia. The re­port said they were called “Char­lie force”. If this is so, it seems these sol­diers don’t get much recog­ni­tion for their con­tri­bu­tion to the safety of Aus­tralia, as well. Per­haps I am wrong and they don’t ex­ist any­more. Betty Lowis Bund­aberg

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