Lorrae Desmond spent the weekend honouring the Aussie soldiers who went to Vietnam. She was at the wreath laying ceremony in Sydney’s Martin Place on Saturday, Vietnam Veteran’s Day and drove up to the Blue Mountains on Sunday for another commemoration.
Today she is meeting a veteran visiting Sydney from South Australia. He is one of the many former soldiers who have sought her out in the decades since she first performed with the ABC Big Band in Saigon in 1967.
Desmond is Australia’s first female Gold Logie winner – she won for the Lorrae Desmond Show in the 1960s. She has won numerous awards since including a “best supporting” Logie for her beloved character “Shirl” in the long running Seven drama, A Country Practice.
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Henry Kissinger began secret negotiations with representatives from Hanoi in a Paris apartment today in 1969. Although they failed to reach agreement, these talks paved the way towards the Paris Peace Accords of 1973.
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Today in 1975 Saigon announced its surrender to North Vietnamese forces, marking the end of the Vietnam War.
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HERE’S a big question to ponder: in general, has government worked to advance our welfare, or to retard our efforts at advancement?
Not “the government”; not any particular regime in this country, or any other, but “government” – the machinery by which virtually all human society is regulated – in general. Has it been good for us, or bad?
It is, of course, and vast and practically imponderable subject, for government in the general sense is virtually universal, just as it is accepted – again, virtually universally – that all society needs to be ordered, ruled.
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