Anzac Day 2003
Express Examiner 30 April 2003
Anzac Day 2003
Australia's servicemen and women continue to demonstrate the qualities of the
men who landed at Anzac Cove 88 years ago. As we commemorated this Anzac Day, we
remembered with gratitude the sacrifice that was made by the Anzacs and the
thousands of Australian servicemen and women who have served in wars, conflicts
and peace operations since that time. We particularly thought of our brave
troops currently serving in Iraq and pray for their continued safety and safe
return home to their families and loved ones in the not too distant future.
Anzac Day provided us with the chance to express our appreciation and gratitude
to those who serve their country - a chance to salute their service. A chance to
let our service personnel - both past and present - know that they are honoured,
remembered and treasured.
Congratulations to the many worthy recipients who have recently been awarded
Centenary Medals. Awardees from our area include - Norm Seccombe, Helen Trustum,
Iris Cruickshank, Jim Dargaville, Eileen Melling, Col Sullivan and Ray Reid.
Each of these people have been recognised for their service to the community.
Royal Easter Show
I was honoured to be part of the National Party team that hosted a morning tea
and a tour of Parliament House for this year's finalists for the Royal Easter
Show Miss Showgirl and the Rural Achievers Award. These finalists are our
ambassadors who help raise the motivation of young people and make a
contribution to the advancement of country communities. Furthermore, I was
pleased to attend the John Weekes Memorial NSW Young Auctioneers Competition and
to see local auctioneer, Matthew McCormack from Casino, perform well to take
second place. This now provides Matthew with the opportunity to represent NSW in
the National titles at next years Royal Easter Show.
As patron, I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Meeting of the Northern
Rivers Kidney Association and the election of officers were as follows;
President Mr George Radermacher; Vice President: Ray Stevenson; Secretary; Mrs
Annie Radermacher; Vice Secretary: Bronwyn Dwyer; Treasurer: Colin Johnston;
Patient Representative: Bev Stevenson and Public Officer: Ray Stevenson. Annual
Membership is $5 and any enquiries can be directed to PO Box 1287 Lismore NSW
Action needed on Home Warranty Insurance
Over recent months I have again spoken with many small builders in the
electorate who have told me that they are either unable to get insurance or have
to put their family home in `hock' so they can keep working. Many builders who
had been working for decades and who enjoyed an excellent record for workmanship
were unable to get insurance. In 1997 the NSW Labor Government privatised Home
Warranty Insurance. The building industry and particularly small builders are
too important to our economy for this problem to not be reformed or addressed.
As a Coalition we will continue to seek a suitable solution to this matter.
I have been pleased to attend many functions throughout the electorate in the
past couple of weeks, including the NSW TAFE 2003 Excellence Awards and the
dress rehearsal of the Northern Stars Under the Big Top. Congratulations to all
participants, award winners and organisers on the magnificent programs, which
make me very proud to be your representative.
Northern Rivers Catchment Blueprint
Copies of the Blueprint are available from my office or on the web at
After a lengthy recess from Parliament I returned yesterday to Macquarie Street,
which is the commencement of the 53rd Parliament following the recent Election.
22 new members will be welcomed and sworn in. I am certainly looking forward to
continuing to bring the needs and achievements of the Lismore Electorate to the
attention of the Parliament.
I trust everyone enjoyed a very safe and happy Easter.