A public attack on a “mincing” top soldier and alleged attempts to destroy all that Australian troops fought and died to preserve marked the Nedlands Anzac Day ceremony on Tuesday. Nedlands resident Hal Colebatch, a lawyer, author, journalist and Freeman of the City of Nedlands, was the guest speaker. In a departure from other Anzac Day fare, where speakerscustomarily laud the bravery and commitment of Australian service people, Dr Colebatch tore into what he called a new determination to destroy the Anzac legend.
Scotch College has banned students from using mobile phones at school. Principal Alec O’Connell said he had invited students to challenge him if they saw him using his phone. “We have to model what we want,” Dr O’Connell said. Dr O’Connell said many parents had congratulated him on the move. “Some said they wished they could achieve it at home,” hesaid. The ban started on Wednesday, the first day of autumn term, after Dr O’Connell had emailed parents on April 7.