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IT’S SHOW TIME

The head of the Australian Defence Forces General Peter Cosgrove officially opened the Newcastle Show on Friday afternoon, as part of this year’s tribute to the military. Show organisers say today’s bumper crowd is proof the event needs the public holiday to survive.

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FAREWELL FOR BRAVE YOUNG SOLDIER

Corporal Mathew Hopkins, the ninth Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan, has been farewelled with full military honours in Newcastle. Described as an officer of great character and potential, the service at Christchurch Cathedral paid tribute to a man who wanted to be a soldier from the age of four.

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MINE OPPONENTS MEET WITH MINISTER

Gloucester residents trying to put an end to coal exploration around the town have held talks with the Minister for Mineral Resources. While they’re happy with how the meeting went, nothing has been resolved and they say they’ll keep lobbying ministers until they get the result they’re after.

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