A call for Griffith’s legacy, food security is national security | News from the region

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When Griffith was established, soldiers received property through the Soldier Settlement Program. In popular media, the reason for donating colonies was to reward the soldier for his efforts during the war. In reality, the motivation was to improve national security. At the time, Australian politicians wanted to reduce reliance on imported products and they wanted to ensure domestic supply. This federal election was presented as an election based on the theme of national security. For my part, I hope that Australian politicians will continue to see the importance of this region for the country’s food security. I also hope that our politicians and political aspirants will explain how they plan to improve water security through public policy adjustments. Food security and water security are part of our national security framework. Although I no longer reside in Griffith, a development request has been brought to my attention to demolish a 1930’s house, “Charnwood” – 2 Animoo Avenue to become a medical facility. I am very much in favor of additional health services being available in rural towns, but this house is part of Griffith’s legacy and past. Could the residence be incorporated into the new facility, rather than demolishing it? This house was the residence of Mr. Henri and Mrs. Alice Morel, who owned and operated the two cinemas – Rio and Lyceum. My parents were employed as cleaners at the two theaters and my mother was Madame Morel’s governess. Structurally a solidly built house at the time, made of straw and mud, plastered and painted cement. I often played in the garden during my childhood. I would not object to a new building being part of this old house. The Commonwealth of Australia came into existence and the constitution came into force on January 1, 1901. Although our nation’s history began long before that, it was the day Australia became a nation, not only a geographical expression. The constitution establishes Australia on a federal model, which divides political power between the central government (the Commonwealth) and the six states – formerly British colonies – from which the Commonwealth was created. The constitution gives the Commonwealth the power to legislate on a number of specific matters, while leaving general legislative power to the states. However, in the event of an inconsistency between a Commonwealth law and a State law, Section 109 provides that the Commonwealth law prevails. What went wrong with the Australian Constitution when politicians are unable to follow the Constitution? Section 92, Trade within the Commonwealth shall be free. Exchanges, commerce and relations between States, whether by internal transport or by maritime navigation, shall be free. In 2020-2021, state governments closed their borders and people could not enter their own state, a divided country. Section 100, Nor abridge the right to use water. The Commonwealth shall not by any trade or trade law or regulation restrict the right of any State or its residents to the reasonable use of river water for conservation or irrigation purposes. Section 116, Commonwealth not to legislate in matters of religion. The Commonwealth shall make no law to establish a religion, compel religious observance or prohibit the free exercise of a religion. The constitution provides a mechanism by which it can be changed, by calling a referendum. A majority of voters must vote for the change. Email your letter to the editor at letters@areanews.com.au, or post it to PO Box 1004, Griffith, NSW, 2680. All letters should be accompanied by a name (for publication) and an address (not for publication). Or use this form below…



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