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November 10, 2017

Poppies and a minute's silence will mark Remembrance Day across the Goulburn Valley tomorrow.

We will remember them

- Dan Tehan, Veterans’ Affairs Minister

At 11am tomorrow, the nation falls silent to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who served in defence of our country.

Almost a century ago, the Armistice with Germany that ended World War I was signed on this day.

Remembrance Day is the day we remember the service and sacrifice of every Australian — more than 1.5 million of them — who have served in defence of our nation and values.

We also reflect on more than 102000 Australian lives lost in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping.

A red Flanders poppy is worn on Remembrance Day to acknowledge and honour those who gave their lives for our country.

I encourage everyone to observe one minute’s silence tomorrow and to wear a red poppy to honour the memory of their service.

Lest we forget.

United Nations ineffective

- Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth

United Nations is not really united, it is divided into several blocs pursuing different interests.

It has had little of power to stop any hostile activities, unless backed up by the superpowers.

Not being able to restore law and order in the rogue countries (where the refugees are coming from), they are applying moral pressure on the civilised ones, to take more of the refugees in.

It is much easier for them to exercise authority over nations that are caring, than over the ones that couldn’t care less.

But it is not a lasting way to solve refugees’ problems.

It is making the UN representatives popular with some nations, or races and helping them to stay in the office.

Racism, nationalism, socialism and nepotism to a different extent are present in every country.

On certain occasions they can get out of control and start fighting.

When the United Nations was formed, we foolishly believed it would be the end of all the wars.

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