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CLYTIE Siddall’s last paragraph
(‘Look, Muslims #soscary’, The
Pioneer, 26/9/14) relating to our
Federal Government demoniz-
ing an entire religious or ethnic
group has her singing from a dif-
ferent hymn book to mine.
I thought the Government
was going out of its way to
emphasise terrorism for what it
is, specifically in an attempt to
prevent any unwanted attack on
the Islamic faith.
Day for police
Remembrance Day, held on
September 29, honours those
police officers who have given
their lives in the line of duty.
It is also an opportunity to
reflect on and acknowledge the
very real risk police officers
face each day as they go about
protecting our community and
making it safer for us to go
about our own lives.
In recent days, we have seen
how ever present that danger
can be with the attack on an
Australian Federal Police
officer and his Victorian Police
counterpart at the Endeavour
Hills Police Station.
As someone who has worked
in the criminal justice system
for a long period of time, often
working closely with SAPOL
officers, I can not pay high
enough tribute to those police
officers who each day meet head
on numerous risks, dangers and
situations where many of us
In my experience, our police
officers, both nationally and in
South Australia, are models of
leadership, courage, dedication,
discretion, judgement and
bravery. Whether it be from
major anti-terrorism operations,
of the like we have witnessed
recently, to managing a car
accident scene on a country
road, they are a reassuring
symbol for our community
because we can rely on the
knowledge that regardless of the
situation the police will be able
to help us and keep us safe.
National Police Remembrance
Day is a day to reflect on their
service and the contribution they
make to securing our way of life
and to ensuring we live safely
Fortunately this year no
Australian police officers were
killed while on duty. But we
will never forget, and eternally
honour, the 757 Australian
officers who paid the supreme
I would like to invite
all members of the public
to commemorate Police
Remembrance Day and I would
also suggest that if you have the
opportunity, you may wish to
offer them thanks for all they are
doing to keep us safe.
Member for Barker
Land prices killing
THE SA Land Commission
was created in 1973, the first of
many land commissions created
nationwide and still in existence
SA’s Commission first
existed for “the provision of
land to those members of the
community who do not have
large financial resources” and
the Commission had been
directed that it “shall not
conduct its business with a view
to making a profit”.
Yet these socially worthy aims
have been removed.
Now, across the nation,
making profit from housing
has become an end in itself,
destroying the home ownership
prospects of a whole generation
of first home buyers.
State and territory land
management agencies made
almost $600 million in profit
from land sales in the past
reporting year. South Australia’s
land management agency
profiteered more, per capita,
than any other state in the
There is an economic activity
gap in South Australia, and in
the nation as a whole, which
Treasury officials tell me
could be solved by meeting the
shortfall of some 50,000 housing
starts per annum.
The Australian economy has
been distorted by plummeting
housing starts caused by high
entry-level prices as a result of
state government price gouging.
Housing affordability was
once my home state’s principal
Now South Australia is the
worst offending state per capita
for price gouging public land
for profit. This:
1. Kills housing affordability,
2. Creates an economically
deadly activity gap which, in
3. Reduces GST receipts
from housing construction that
gouging states like SA could
receive and provide for their own
needs, rather than putting their
hand out for GST aid from other
Family First Senator for SA
Fear and doubt... of
our own government
ASSAULT rifles in Parliament
House “reduced tolerance” for
“suspicious behaviour” and “pat
downs” in Queensland.
Are we totally nuts?
In 2005, I caused three
security incidents. The most
humiliating and painful: I was in
a public building in Canberra.
underneath my woolly poncho.
I wore a ski beanie on my head,
over a headscarf.
I wore layers of warm-and-
bulky clothes. Underneath, once
the layers were peeled away, I
wore a ‘professional woman’s’
wool business suit.
Three security guards singled
me out and questioned me.
About 45 teary minutes later, I
The public building was where
I worked. The lump was my
backpack holding my laptop. I
wore a headscarf and ski beanie
because I had no hair. I wore
many layers of warm clothes
because I was sick from the
chemotherapy I was enduring.
Today, I imagine I’d have
assault rifles pointed at me; I’d
be ordered to raise my arms
(which I could not do) and allow
someone to pat me down (how to
handle the many areas off-limits
due to pain?).
For the record, nobody other
than my honey or my doctor
‘pats me down’. I won’t be
visiting Parliament House or
Queensland any time soon.
Thank you, Australian
governments. I’m now extremely
alert and fully alarmed – not
by the nutters among us, but by
you, your policies, the arms you
spread to control us, and the
fear, uncertainty, and doubt you
sow among us.
AT THE time of writing, a sensible
compromise looked likely between the
Renmark Paringa Council and Frank Turton.
Mr Turton’s boat, Wilitsinkorwon’tit, will
moor at its regular spot on the Renmark
river front, allowing locals and potential
tourists the opportunity to inspect the vessel
and talk to its slightly eccentric (by his own
Mr Turton is unlikely to follow through
on his threat to leave the spot forever, and
moor only in other Riverland towns and/or
However, if they had their time again,
both parties might have handled the matter
just a little differently.
The council would probably be somewhat
less officious in its dealings with Mr Turton,
certainly regarding the expiation notice
served to him.
Given Mr Turton seems like a reasonable
man, they may have even decided to liaise
with him a little longer before taking action
over the matter.
And the wording of a particular clause
in the initial ‘special agreement’ – relating
to Mr Turton operating in a manner “not
respectful of the good name of Renmark
Paringa Council” – would also be changed,
as is likely to happen today.
For his part, Mr Turton might ponder
if a more collaborative approach with the
council, particularly after it indicated the
matter was open for negotiation, might yield
Ultimately, cool heads are set to prevail,
once the wording of the agreement clauses
is agreed upon. The effort of two elected
members to drive to Mildura in their own
time to speak to Mr Turton underlines the
council’s desire to bring about a resolution
sooner rather than later.
Regardless, the fact two well known
figures – the council and Mr Turton – have
been able to publicly debate the matter, yet
both retain their credibility, is reassurance
that robust, productive discussion between
citizens and councils it not a thing of the
Berri Barmera Council has the
dearest council rates in the
Riverland (and probably the
state) if you have a house with
a higher than average value.
Yet it still refuses to move with
the times and keep up with the
other two Riverland councils’
rating systems. Any wonder we
have so many closed shops and
so little housing development
and investment here. I hope the
new council wakes up and starts
making the right decisions or
this place will end up a ghost
To John from Paringa (Text the
Editor, 26/9/14), who said the
field days should have stayed
Wednesday-Thursday and who
said there didn’t appear to
be many people there on the
Saturday morning, unless you
have seen other field days, your
statement is unfounded.
Liz of Renmark (Text the Editor,
26/9/14), yes and thanks to
people who refuse to look to
the future, to look at new ideas,
that Renmark has vacant shops
and big national companies
don’t want to invest here. Let
me guess: you have been with
the same insurance company for
over 30 years? A lot can be said
for due process.
Poor sheep dogs. The sheep are
running on October 4, six days
before the dogs. Now that’s
what I call an unfair advantage.
Do you think they’ll find them?
So the budget deficit is $48
billion and the Liberals are
blaming Labor. Joe Hockey and
company, you have been in
power for a year and the PM and
Ms Bishop have hardly been
home for that year. Wake up,
Australia. Don’t fall for their BS.
Well done Port Adelaide on last
weekend’s finals appearance
and how good was it to see them
get beaten twice by less than
a goal? Does it get any better?
Yes, it does. Old man Cornes
bleating about bad umpires
after the game. Well word up
and welcome to the real world.
Opposition players are subjected
to that garbage week in, week
out at ‘the Portress’.
To Kathleen, who sent in a text
to the editor, I no longer live in
the Riverland, but I hope my
letter re: inevitable failure of
multiculturalism is fresh in your
What a great event at Renmark
Mitre 10 on Sunday. Chris and
Jenna from The Block were
lovely and the Mitre 10 staff all
did a great job. Well done to all.
I’d love Clytie Siddall and
those of a similar opinion
(‘Look, Muslims #soscary’,
The Pioneer, 26/9/14) to
provide just one example of the
Federal Government acting to
“demonize” Muslims. Just one.
PM Abbott has gone out of his
way to say it has nothing to do
with religion. He’s repeated it
over and over again.
Having bushfire ready
information sessions for those
new to the Riverland is a great
idea (‘Newbies bushfire ready’,
The Pioneer, 26/9/14). Well
done to those who organised it.
What a boring AFL grand final.
Not even worth watching after
Sad to see the Mallee Fowl on
the market. Great place.
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