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KING GEORGE VI
The following speech is the subject of the multiple
award winning film, The King's Speech. King George
VI was raised in his elder brother's (King Edward VIII)
shadow, never trained for nor expecting to be any more
than the Duke of York.
He anticipated a quiet life with his family in which he
would carry out routine royal duties and for the most
part, remain out of the glare of the public eye. Instead,
after the abdication of his brother, he was catapulted
into the highest position in the land at a time when the
danger of war was threatening across the channel in
This timid, shy man became an example of bravery
and an inspiration to the British people as he and his
family remained in London during the war, visited cities
and villages throughout war-torn England and raised
his people's spirits as they went through their darkest
This King, who had a dread of public speaking because
of his stammer, spoke simple words to his subjects,
giving them strength and courage to fight on against all
odds. The King and his family became heroes, not only
to his subjects, but also to people around the world.
This is the speech King George VI broadcast to
his people in Britain and throughout the Empire
immediately after Britain's Declaration of War against
Germany on September 3, 1939.
In this grave hour, perhaps the most
fateful in history, I send to every
household of my peoples, both at
home and overseas, this message,
spoken with the same depth of
feeling for each one of you as if I
were able to cross your threshold
and speak to you myself.
For the second time in the lives of
most of us, we are at war.
Over and over again, we have tried
to find a peaceful way out of the
differences between ourselves and
those who are now our enemies, but
it has been in vain.
We have been forced into a conflict,
for which we are called, with our
allies to meet the challenge of a
principle which, if it were to prevail,
would be fatal to any civilised order
of the world.
It is a principle which permits a state
in the selfish pursuit of power to
disregard its treaties and its solemn
pledges, which sanctions the use of
force or threat of force against the
sovereignty and independence of
Such a principle, stripped of all
disguise, is surely the mere primitive
doctrine that might is right, and
if this principle were established
throughout the world, the freedom
of our own country and of the whole
British Commonwealth of nations
would be in danger.
But far more than this, the peoples of
the world would be kept in bondage
of fear, and all hopes of settled peace
and security, of justice and liberty,
among nations, would be ended.
This is the ultimate issue which
confronts us. For the sake of all
that we ourselves hold dear, and
of the world order of peace, it is
unthinkable that we should refuse to
meet the challenge.
It is to this high purpose that I now
call my people at home and my
peoples across the seas, who will
make our cause their own.
I ask them to stand firm and united
in this time of trial.
The task will be hard. There may be
dark days ahead, and war can no
longer be confined to the battlefield,
but we can only do the right thing as
we see right, and reverently commit
our cause to God. If one and all we
keep resolutely faithful to it, ready
for whatever service or sacrifice it
may demand, then with God's help,
we shall prevail.
May He bless and keep us all.
The makings of a King
Support for seniors to stay in workforce
Continued from Front Page ...
Under the new rules, age pensioners
will be able to earn up to $250 a
fortnight without it being assessed
as income under the income test.
Pensioners will also be able to build
up any unused amount of their
fortnightly bonus in an "income
bank", to a total of $6500.
The "income bank" can be used
to exempt future earnings from the
pension income test, meaning a
pensioner could earn up to $6500
a year extra without it affecting their
This could be income derived from
regular work each fortnight or, for
example, over a six-week period.
Any unused amount of the "income
bank" can be carried forward across
To illustrate the new plan, consider
the following case studies:
• John is an age pensioner working
as a school crossing supervisor
earning $300 a fortnight. Under
current rules, half his employment
income is disregarded ($150) by
the Work Bonus so only $150
is assessed as income under
the pension income test. Under
the new Work Bonus, $250 will
be disregarded and only $50
assessed, so John will have $100
less income a fortnight counted
under the pension income test.
John's pension will increase by
$50 a fortnight due to a lower
amount of income being assessed
under the pension income test.
• Maria is an age pensioner who
works for only six weeks a year as
an accountant at tax time. During
the six-week tax season she earns
$1500 a fortnight, earning a total
of $4500. As Maria does not
work at all in the year between
tax seasons, after 12 months
under the new Work Bonus she
will have accumulated $5750 (23
fortnights x $250) of Bonus in her
"income bank". Therefore during
the tax season, the $4500 she
has earned can be offset and will
not affect her pension. Maria will
continue to receive the maximum
rate of pension as she has no
income that is assessed under
the pension income test, despite
earning $4500 in the six-week
period. In addition, Maria would
retain $2000 in her "income
bank" to offset future employment
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