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T H E R E L I E F OF A N A T U R A L D I S A S T E R . F O R T HE F I R S T T I M E WE A R E

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J U S T I C E AND THE V I O L E N C E I T DOES TO OUR C O U N T R Y ' S R E P U T A T I O N .

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P R O S P E R I F SHE RE MA I N S AT ODDS WITH THE R E S T OF A U S T R A L I A .

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1 NOVEMBER 1974