Hon­our­ing those who fought on the Kokoda Track

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

AS AN­OTHER Aus­tralia Day ap­proaches, we again go through the same di­vi­sions that have held a united Aus­tralia back for far too long.

As a demo­cratic coun­try I re­spect that ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion but one thing I’ll never agree on is to call Aus­tralia Day “In­va­sion Day”.

To me in­va­sion day was when the Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Army stood on a hill on the Kokoda Track and saw the lights of Port Moresby, which was the gate­way to Aus­tralia. From there they were pushed back for the first time by an Aus­tralian army of black, white and many de­scen­dants from many coun­tries who had been pre­pared to de­fend their home­land with their lives if nec­es­sary.

Thanks to the courage and sac­ri­fice of these Aus­tralians the Ja­panese never reached our shores.

I be­lieve that spirit still lives in our coun­try and it should never be dis­re­spected by race, creed or colour. Col Goltz Emu Park

PHOTO: LIAM FAHEY

AUS­TRALIA DAY: Bob and Barb Hawkes at The Great Aus­tralia Day Beach Party on Yep­poon Main Beach last year.

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