Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 6th 2015 Contents 6 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Keep your dog on a
HOW many times do I have to
plea with local dog owners to
keep their dog on a leash when
Do people realise how distress-
I don’t care if it’s a silky ter-
rier or a bull mastiff.
Put yourself in my boy’s
He’s on a leash. He’s out for a
nice walk, doing the right thing.
He’s a big boy, he looks tough
but he isn’t.
Suddenly a little fluffy terrier
rushes out at him. The owner is
at least 10 feet away – no leash.
My boy barks, cries, struggles
and tries to defend his master.
He gets a pinched neck from
the leash trying to hold him
While the terrier rushes at
him he scuffs his claws on the
cement. He doesn’t know what
he’s done wrong.
He puffs, he pants, and his
happy walk is over.
The owner of the other dog
looks at you as if you are the
villain. The owner picks up their
dog and walks away, with no
acknowledgement and no sorry.
Please stop and think what
want to go out in public walk-
ing, have your dog on a leash or
please just stay home and throw
a ball in the back yard.
NAME and ADDRESS supplied
What’s the caravan
WHAT is the financial cost
to ratepayers of the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) involvement in re-
establishing the ‘old/overflow’
park site for a privately operated
How much are the planning/
How much did the DCLW
acquiring land ownership cost?
For what items and at how
much cost will DCLW provide
assistance to the developer due
to the reported $1 million short-
fall in funding needed to ensure
The Independent Commission
Against Corruption (ICAC)
has reportedly expressed con-
cerns as to local government
ings as being in ‘commercial
confidence’, such that transpar-
ency and public accountability
appear to be lacking.
What may ICAC action be –
if any – regarding the Waikerie
caravan park scenario?
We’ll always need
people like Lola
GOOD on the Animal Welfare
League (AWL) for noticing that
there is a need for someone to
assist the homeless animals of
the Riverland (‘Animal shelter
to ease burden?’, The Pioneer,
If only there was someone
already doing that... wait a min-
ute, there is – her name is Lola.
If the Riverland councils were
as “excited about the possibil-
ity of working with” Lola as
they seem to be with the AWL,
just think how much could be
Instead, they seem to want to
export the problem. That’s not
intelligent, it’s lazy.
Maybe the bureaucrats could
either assist her or leave her
alone to do exactly what they
want the AWL to do, instead of
trying to hobble her or shut her
The AWL and the RSPCA
do some great work but they
are not here; Lola is and her
work should be respected and
So many animals are now
being dumped because they have
nowhere to go, especially at this
time of year.
Until we have responsible
pet owners, there will always be
a need for people like Lola to
clean up their mess.
THE G20 Summit was set as
the deadline for G20 member
nations to finalise and agree to
the details of the bail-in scheme.
The bail-in scheme was meant
to ensure governments did not
bail out ‘too big to fail’ (TBTF)
banks, but enable banks to legal-
ly be able to ‘bail-in’ their own
unsecured creditors (including
The global campaign against
bail-in successfully spooked
the Financial Stability Board,
whose chairman Mark Carney
was reported by BBC News on
November 10 announcing:
“Instead of having the pub-
lic, governments and taxpayers
rescue banks when things go
wrong; the creditors of banks,
the big institutions that hold the
banks’ debt – not depositors –
will become the new sharehold-
ers if banks make mistakes.”
As the media reported, the
Financial Securities Inquiry rec-
ommended that all TBTF banks
be required to hold reserves
worth 20 to 25 per cent of their
The bail-in twist?
TBTF banks’ way to increase
their capital buffer could be by
issuing ‘contingent capital’. That
is, bonds to be sold to investors
by offering a higher interest rate
than normal bonds, but with the
risk that when the banks get into
trouble such bonds will become
worthless, because the banks
will default on paying them.
Who will buy these bonds?
Superannuation fund manag-
ers, insurance companies and
mutual funds managers who are
investing other people’s money,
managers seeking higher mar-
gins and bigger bonuses.
The Financial Securities
Inquiry (FSI) recommendation
that financial advisors be better
educated seems overdue.
But unfortunately FSI has
not recommended the separa-
tion of risky investment banking
from commercial banking, like
America’s President Roosevelt’s
Glass-Stegall Act did after World
Such a move would protect
ordinary people’s savings and
‘O’ FOR ‘Oscar’ is a letter in the
International Phonetic Alphabet,
not a numeral, and transmitted
The numeral is ‘zero’ or
‘naught’ but always transmit-
ted as ‘zero’. ‘Nought’ is now
This is not just a “Yank
thing”, as was suggested on
radio recently. (Incidentally,
the letter ‘Y’ is transmitted as
‘Yankee’). Ask any aviation,
military, maritime, or police
personnel regarding the phonetic
alphabet. 0437774774 is ‘zero
four three seven seven seven
four seven seven four’.
0467922702 is ‘zero four six
seven nine two two seven zero
What’s in store during 2015?
At local, state, national and international level,
nobody could have predicted the twists and turns
2014 would take.
It was a roller-coaster ride.
All of which makes committing predictions
to print a dangerous, potentially embarrassing
business, but good reading nonetheless.
In our own patch, Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone had a much better year than his
leader, Steven Marshall.
Mr Whetstone was elevated to the shadow
ministry during 2014 and generally handled him-
self better – both on state and local issues – than
an unflattering and unfair rating in the Adelaide
As for predictions, expect Mr Whetstone to
continue to be a strong performer this year, while
Mr Marshall’s days as leader may be numbered
following his party’s surprise election loss last
March and the increasing unrest of long-time
Liberal voters who may wonder what he stands
At council level, expect plenty of good-
will and even more interest to surround Berri
Barmera Council’s plans for getting a Berri rec-
reation centre off the ground. Certain sections
of the community have thrown themselves into
backing the plan, with cost likely to be the only
At Waikerie, the big question is whether or
not the town will have an operational caravan
park after June 30, after the proposed developer –
and operator of the current facility – hit a number
of snags over the past 12 months.
‘No’ might be the slight favourite over ‘yes’ at
this point, despite the best efforts of the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie.
Councils in general will still be major news
generators across the Riverland, whether they
like it or not. Their triumphs and achievements,
along with their failures, will always be news-
worthy for local residents, as they should be.
As for ‘certain bets’, bushfires aren’t going
away any time soon.
Even when the current fires are finally extin-
guished we’ll be faced with hot, windy weather
in the coming weeks, which will spark reports of
Nationally, terrorism/ISIL was – statistically
speaking – the biggest issue in Australian media
in 2014, gaining more mentions than any other
topic (the federal budget was second).
Thinking about what terrorism incidents we
might be reflecting on in another 12 months’
time is a truly sobering experience.
And finally, on a lighter note, many
Australians will be thoroughly sick of cricket
when the World Cup decider – to be played in
Melbourne – finally rolls around on Sunday,
Get your facts right, Mel (Text the
Editor, 30/12/14). People who
shoot ducks do it to eat them,
not just for sports. I’m amazed
every time I read something
like this from people who
obviously have no idea, or live in
‘fairlyland’ and think meat in the
supermarket magically appears
there. Something does actually
have to die to be consumed by
Yes, Mel, I wonder how many of
those ducks actually get eaten,
and how many are left to die an
agonising death. Plus, in this day
and age, do we really need to
catch ducks to eat anyway? Ban
Obviously the same expert who
underestimated the amount of
sludge to dig out the Berri boat
ramp also estimated the depth
of water needed at the Lake
Bonney boat ramp. I watched
a tourist with his car in the
water up to his exhaust take 20
minutes to get his ski boat off
the trailer. I hate to think how
long it would have taken to get it
Good to see the local cops out
on the water over the past few
days (‘Cops on river duty’, The
Pioneer, 30/12/14). There sure
are a lot of idiots on the water
during the holidays.
While I take Superintendent
James Blandford’s point that
four break-ins across Loxton may
not constitute a ‘wave’ (‘Setting
the record straight on break-ins
across Loxton’, The Pioneer,
30/12/14), when you add in
the “nearly a dozen incidents
reported to police over the past
month of items being taken
from cars left unlocked”, it’s
clear there has been a criminal
element active in the town. I’d
prefer to know if something’s
going on. Loxton is normally
very quiet on the crime front,
Well said, Jeanette Staehr (‘No
Christ in ABC’s Christmas’, The
Pioneer, 30/12/14). I’ll take
it further and say I’m amazed
that ‘non-believers’ celebrate
Christmas with such gusto. As
for the ABC, I’m not surprised.
Their young on-air announcers
are too ‘trendy’ to believe in
something as old-fashioned
as having Christ involved in
Much has been said about the
public being in denial about the
budget. These comments are
so wrong. The public have stood
up not because the economy
doesn’t need fixing, but because
PM Abbott is hitting the poor
instead of the rich. He still
can’t see the unfairness of his
budget. No one has a problem
with tough calls, but we do have
a problem with hitting the poor
when they are on their knees.
Go after the rich, PM, then you
may find we don’t have as big a
problem with the budget as we
have now. Don’t forget the PM
has added to this deficit, but still
pretends he hasn’t.
No wonder Riverland cricket
player numbers are dropping.
Fancy playing on the weekend, a
couple of days after New Year’s
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