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Country Womens Association – a home-sponge yarn

Whilst I’m not a big sponge fan, I do have a high regard for the CWA (Country Womens Association). And the reason being, which is so well explained by Noela McLeod. “If someone comes to the table and you produce a cup of tea, they are going to stay. And if you give them something to eat, they will stay longer. The kitchen table is where all of the troubles are worked out. Neighbours’ disputes, financial problems, personal issues. And you know what? Men love a sponge cake, it’s not too sweet,” she explains with a warm smile. “And if…

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Let’s remember the bravery of thousands of Australian nurses…

THE last United States female veteran from World War I, Charlotte Winters, died on March 27. She was 109. Her death received considerable publicity, even here in Australia, and she was buried with full military honours. It is a different story with our female veterans in Australia. While we have been searching out our last World War I diggers, counting them down with great public fanfare, including offering their families state funerals, we ignored the nurses. We might have forgotten the nurses of World War I but let’s not do the same to our female veterans of World War II….

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The Thing about Therese Rein

THERESE Rein, the entrepreneurial wife of Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd, has put the case for continuing at the helm of her multimillion-dollar company, which runs job placement programs for the Federal Government, if her husband becomes prime minister. Ms Rein’s company, Ingeus, has lucrative contracts with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations worth about $58 million a year and global revenues topping $170 million. For Ms Rein it’s about giving people a fair go. It’s also why she was pained when Ingeus was recently accused of overcharging on its government contracts. In fact, the company’s own probity checks had…

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