Paul McLean was an Australian Democrat who was a senator for NSW from July 1987 to August 1991. His portfolio responsibilities included defence, veterans' affairs, industrial relations and small business and he was party whip [...]
by Andrew Castrique May 2018 I am 60 years old. I grew up in the days when my mother washed out plastic bags for re-use, and bread was DIY slicing and delivered wrapped in [...]
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