For more than 70 years, Australian peacekeepers have played an important role in providing support and assistance to the international community.
On September 14 each year, National Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Day, we honour the courage and professionalism of Australian service and police personnel who have served in more than 50 multi-national peacekeeping operations since 1947.
While the first Australian Peacekeepers worked as unarmed military observers, bringing violations to the attention of the international community, over time the nature of peacekeeping has evolved to include the management of more complex and multi-dimensional issues.
These have ranged from operations as military observers, providing logistical support, and monitoring ceasefires to landmine clearance operations, supporting democratic elections, providing policing support functions, and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Tragically, 16 Australians have died serving as peacekeepers. This National Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Day, I encourage Australians to respect and honour their sacrifice.
It is also important to remember and reflect on all those who have served in peacekeeping missions, and those who are currently serving in the Middle East UN Truce Supervision Organisation, and the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan.
Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Act as a champion
The performance of Serena Williams off the court has tarred her on court reputation. A champion should act as a champion especially as they are seen as role models.
Calling the umpire a liar is wrong - the umpire is right at all times, even when they make mistakes and video reviews should also be removed. After having coached many school sports teams for 30 years I have always emphasised that philosophy and yes, sometimes umpires make mistakes but not intentionality.
The statement that she doesn't cheat is not that simple - her coaching team admitted there was coaching. It doesn't matter that the coaching wasn't seen, it did happen and should be responded to as it is cheating. The reality is that it is her team and thus her responsibility to prevent any cheating.
The statement that it never happened to a man is wrong - John McEnroe was disqualified from the Australian Open on Jan 21 1990 after several code violations.
Not telling the crowd to be quiet immediately during the presentations was also wrong. The winner should be cheered and Serena should be the loudest cheerer. It's just good manners.
The concern for her daughter is positive although she will see this game and the performance on and off the court and may not see it as such a positive.
Return to being the champion that you have been before.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill
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