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COLIN 202

By Colin Michael Davis

Another story

He was a soldier. Decorated in two war fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was a trained killer. He had to be to survive. He represented Australia and all it stood for. He was our man in the Middle East. Stories were told about him and his ilk—songs and movies were made to tell us at home about his exploits.

Toastmasters and Guests—how different was the outcome. How significant the home front exchanges with his family WHEN HE RETURNED.

Snipers—IEDs—insurgent murders—drugs—-boredom and loneliness in a culture to us as foreign as chalk is to cheese. These were the challenges that confronted our soldier from hell.

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A Civil Union

COLIN 202

By Colin Michael Davis

Marriage has been with us in one form or another since early times. It was about satisfying society’s need to have a safe environment in which to breed, manage property rights and to protect blood lines.

But today the controversy over the definition of marriage is destroying families, friendships, communities and even bringing governments down.

Toastmasters and guests—I want to offer an alternative solution to capture the interests of all sides. My discussion is not about the rights and wrongs of same-sex relationships—that is a debate for another forum—

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