State of the Nation | Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Tragedy: Ryan Teasdale. Photo: Facebook

► ILLAWARRA:Ryan Teasdale has been remembered as a carefree young boyas mourners rally in support of his family, particularly his brother. Ryan, 11, and his 13-year-old brother were boogie-boarding down the slippery slopes of Unanderra’s Riley Park on Thursday afternoon when tragedy struck. Read more

►ALBURY: Passengers on a Regional Express aircraft flying from Albury in NSW endured a nightmare flight after one of its propellers sheared off in mid-flight, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport. Read more

► BALLARAT: A Castlemaine grandmother has performed a circus act of kindness, delivering fresh fruit and Anzac biscuits to out-of-work performers and crew at Ballarat Showgrounds on Thursday. Read more

►MONTELLO: Montello Primary School united on Fridayto send a strong message that bullying isn’t okay.Students and teachers used their bodies to spell out “Bullying no way!” on the school’s oval. Read more

►COOTAMUNDRA: Cootamundra is mourning the passing of Andrew ‘Jack’ Raleigh. He lost his battle on Thursday, March 16, following almost eight weeks in hospital. Read more

►KATHERINE: Next Wednesday willmarkthree quarters of a century since Katherine was bombed. Between 80 and 90 high explosive bombs were dropped on the, then much smaller, outback town by the Japanese as part of their seemingly unstoppable push south. Read more

► MT COTTON: Sirromet Winerywants to boost its major restaurant, entertainment and restaurant business bybuilding 56 “glamping’’ tentsto add wedding and tourist accommodation. Read more

►WINDSOR: Iconic Hawkesbury pub The Fitzroy Hotel has closed its doors after almost 165 years of trade, eight months after owners Jennie and Philip Young purchased the lease from previous long-term owners Rebecca and Troy Mifsud. Read more

National news Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull address the media after his tour of the Snowy Hydro Tumut 3 power station in Talbingo, NSW, on Thursday 16 March 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

► is poised for widespread political instability as more than one in four voters flee the two-party system, political analysts say.Read more

►Each member of the ABC’s audience has a gripe about the public broadcaster – including those who run it. Read more

►The Parliamentary Budget Office has costed a proposal that would kill stamp duty and replace it with land tax, saving home buyers up to $40,000 in Sydney and $55,000 in Melbourne, while delivering billions of dollars to fund schools and hospitals. Read more

National weather radarWhat’s coming your way …

International news►WASHINGTON: Fairly or not, presidents sometimes are cast in the shadow of their advisers – think George W Bush and Dick Cheney. So, as the Trump administration promises a triple-barreled Armageddon, by hacking into the budget, the bureaucracy and regulations, it’s no surprise that some look past this president – to fix on his anarchic chief strategist Stephen Bannon.Read more.

►BALI:n Sara Connor could face more years behind bars over the death of a Bali police officer after prosecutors announced they would appeal her four year jail sentence. Read more

►INDONESIA:Notorious people smuggler “Captain Bram”, who organised the asylum seekers’ boat at the centre of the notorious’cash for boat-turn-back’ scandalin 2015, has been sentenced to six years’ jail in an Indonesian prison.Read more

On this day1793–War of the First Coalition:Habsburg Austrianstogether withDutch Republictroopsrepulseda series of French assaults after bitter fighting inNeerwinden, present-day Belgium.

1834- TheTolpuddle Martyrswere sentenced totransportationto forswearing an illegal oathto join theirfriendly societyinDorset, England.

1915–First World War: Inone of the largest naval battlesin theGallipoli Campaign, theOttoman Empiresank threeAlliedbattleships and severely damaged three others.

1970–United States postal workersbegana two-week strikeafterCongressraised its own wages by 41% but raised the wages of postal workers by only 4%.

1985– The first episode of the nsoap operaNeighbours(location pictured)was broadcast on theSeven Network, eventually becoming the longest-running drama in n television history.

The faces of :Mick YarringtonHe is Wagga’s oldest cricket groundsman and Mick Yarrington has no plans to hang up the boots.

The 71-year-old dedicates 20 hours perweek to maintaining the Wagga Cricket Ground and supporting his beloved sport.

When Mr Yarrington –alife-long sportsman– realised he could no longer keep up with the game, he branched out tocurating wickets. Read more