Sandra Lee

Meet EDD Sarbi’s Vietnam War predecessor, Caesar.

April 18, 2014

A few weeks ago at the State Library of New South Wales chance dealt me a top hand and I met a couple who had just bought a book about a dog rescued by Australian soldiers during the First World War and  secretly repatriated the scrappy mutt to Australia against military orders. As they were talking, […]

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The Australian Army’s top dog Sarbi steals the show again

March 6, 2014

How good is Explosives Detection Dog Sarbi? The 12-year-old bomb sniffing dog came out of retirement again to take part in an event to honour animals who have served in combat since World War 1. The Of Animals In War event at the magnificent Australian War Memorial in Canberra on February 23 was a huge success, but […]

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Diggers finally recognised with gong for war-like service

February 5, 2014

Twenty-two years ago my older brother was deployed to war-torn Cambodia to help that country prepare for a free and fair election. Last week as part of the Australia Day honours, he and his fellow members of the Australian Defence Force were finally honoured with a Meritorious Unit Citation for their courage and “sustained outstanding […]

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Being a wife has its privileges. They’re called in-laws.

February 4, 2014

Just before Christmas I headed to London to conduct some interviews and do research for my fifth book, which will be published in 2015 in hardback by Random House Australia. The subject and title are still under wraps. For now, at least. While in the United Kingdom, my thoroughly charming father-in-law, John Charles Clemence, QPM*, […]

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How Roodiculous – Prime Minister Gillard’s royal baby gift

June 24, 2013

With the government in a polling free fall coupled with toxic talk about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s leadership as she enters the last sitting week of Parliament before the September 14 election, her top strategists have decided to side step the harsh political reality to sell another soft soap story about Real Julia. And that […]

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Power for power’s sake – the modern ALP reality

April 3, 2013

Given the fall out from the car crash that was the ALP last month – the aborted leadership challenge, the subsequent sackings and resignations, the show of little confidence in the sitting Prime Minister by two of her party’s most senior and experienced politicians, and sexism and misogyny crusader Julia Gillard’s dismissal as “irrelevant” questions about […]

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