With the exception of those older Australians who lived through World War II and the Depression, none of us have ever experienced this kind of nation-wide challenge. We should look at our past to determine our future. In doing so, we should embrace and replicate the strength and resilience of our history, and the doggedness of the Australian character.
Our older Australians justifiably wear, as a badge of honour, the years of sacrifice and suffering they endured. They lived through those years with dignity, decorum and mateship. They maintained community values and looked out for each other, especially in the darkest days. They worked together, they had each other's backs, and let no one fall behind.
We have not lost that Aussie spirit. It's just beneath the surface waiting for us to call on it again. In years to come, let's look back and be proud of ourselves, and as a nation, because we confronted and conquered tough times together.
Now is the time to be calm, considerate and compassionate.Pat Conaghan, MP
Let's be calm, considerate and compassionate. Many in our communities will suffer. People will lose their jobs, businesses will struggle and some will close. Our front-line workers will be placed under great strain. We must look out for each other to get through the next six months. Check in with your family, friends and neighbours. Support local business, and each other, because that is the Australian way.
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