Feature article - Remembering Aboriginal service in the Great War, one century on - The Weekend Australian - 6 December 2014
Remembering Aboriginal service in the Great War, one century on ONE hundred years ago this week, about 40,000 Anzacs disembarked from their troop ships in Alexandria, Egypt. The Anzac armada had departed a month earlier from Albany, Western Australia, for the journey to the Great War. As we relive the history of this arrival and all that followed there is much we know well, but some not nearly well enough.Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Pauline Osmond - 3 December 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (19:35): I rise this evening to recognise someone who gave so much to this House—not a former member, but a former servant of this House and all that it stands for nonetheless. Pauline Osmond recently passed away. She worked for five federal Liberal members from Victoria. She joined our party in 1975. She masterminded Bob Halverson's 1984 election campaign, and worked for him as the member for Casey, first down in the old House and then here, for the entirety of his career as a backbencher, as a whip, as Speaker, and then again as a…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - JD Burns - 1 December 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:10): Yesterday the Casey Electorate paid tribute to a local Anzac, JD Burns, who had grown up the Lilydale electorate. He joined up in February 1915, arrived in Gallipoli in September 1915 and was tragically killed a few weeks later. His father was the local Presbyterian minister. He had attended Scotch College and excelled. He wrote a poem about the cause of the First World War and what it entailed, calledFor England, that became world-renowned. His death at the time was a huge blow to the local Lilydale community. With the assistance of a Centenary of…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Casey Electorate: Yarra Valley Italian Community - 26 November 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:41): Last Sunday was a very special day for the Italian community in my electorate of Casey. The Yarra Valley Italian Cultural Group organised an event to both commemorate and celebrate some history. They met with large numbers from the community at the Lilydale cemetery, where they had a service and unveiled plaques for four Italians who had come to the Yarra Valley many decades ago and tragically died working in the Yarra Valley. They included workers who had worked on the Silvan Dam in the 1920s. In doing so, they also wanted to celebrate the…Read more...
Media release - New Centenary of Anzac Grants Approved for Casey - 7 November 2014
NEW CENTENARY OF ANZAC GRANTS APPROVED FOR CASEY I am pleased to announce that nine additional grants totalling $41,435 have been approved by the Federal Government to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC in our local Casey electorate: The Mt Evelyn History Group will receive $6,450 for commemorative plaques at the Mt Evelyn Avenue of Honour Memorial. The Wanallock Branch of the Country Women’s Association will receive $7,685 for a grand quilt and textile exhibition celebrating the inspirational lives of our Anzac’s and the families who supported them. The Seville Public Hall Committee will receive $3,410 for construction and installation of…in Local MediaRead more...
Pinks Reserve Netball Courts - Under Construction - 17 October 2014
Today I visited the soon to be opened Pinks Reserve Regional netball facility. The President of the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Netball Association Toni Madden and local players joined me to look at the 24 court shelters that have been federally funded following my election pledge last year.in Local NewsRead more...