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As I took my seat in the Keith Michell Theatre in Port Pirie to be part of John Pirie Secondary School’s prize presentation evening it felt like it was only yesterday I was sitting down to the presentation of awards for the 2014 cohort of JPSS students.  The year, academic or otherwise has flown.  Throughout the night there was a sense of déjà vu. 

Just before the evening’s proceedings commenced we were asked to please stand to welcome the official party which included His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, the Governor of South Australia and his wife Lan Le. 

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Preamble: Well the time HAS come and the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP has done the right thing. Today she resigned her role as Speaker.  In doing so she made this statement:

I have today written to the Governor General and tendered my resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives effective immediately. I have not taken this decision lightly, however it is because of my love and respect for the institution of the Parliament and the Australian people that I have resigned as Speaker.

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With the close of one year and the beginning of the new, we often use this time to reflect on what has been; to make resolutions and decide upon changes we hope to make in our lives.

One could argue that our feelings may be skewed at this time of year with the celebrations and happiness that typically accompanies the festive season.  However not all families are able to celebrate with happiness at this time.

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I, for one, know intimately what it is like to fail in a contest which meant the absolute world to me.  The pain of a failed democratic contest is like no physical pain known, it gnaws at your gut, your soul, your heat and your values.  It eats your very being.  

I have found though, that as the sensation of defeat eases, and it does, it is replaced with an immortal inner strength which welds itself to your frame and reinforces it with fortified traits of integrity and resilience.  The sensation of conquest is eventually replaced with a sense of calm.

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