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‘cat cell’ idea
THE day the story about ‘cat
death cells’ first came out in
the local newspapers (‘Feral cat
control methods floated’, The
Pioneer, 6/1/15) Lola from the
Moorook Animal Shelter had 80
They were all disgusted with
Whenever I am in the main
street in Loxton I get bailed up
all the time by concerned people.
THE fact that three Victorian
trainers have this week had their
horses test positive for banned
substances is not surprising, con-
sidering the immense abuse that
goes on in the racing industry.
Imagine being pushed beyond
the point of exhaustion: the
bones in your legs straining to
hold up the weight of your body,
your bleeding lungs incapable of
taking in enough air, and you’re
forced to keep running despite
This is what life is like for
racehorses, who are too often
chronically drugged by trainers
in order to mask their pain and
enhance their performance.
Horses in the racing industry
are so routinely doped up that
they have been labelled ‘chemi-
cal horses’ and their feet, bones,
and bodies are progressively
destroyed as a result.
In fact, the entire horse racing
business causes enormous suf-
fering and often death every year
to thousands of horses.
They suffer broken bones,
gastric ulcers and bleeding into
their lungs from over-exertion.
Doping with anti-inflammatory
and other drugs can affect their
respiration and muscles, and
pain killers will allow trainers to
push the horse well beyond safe
Horses that don’t win imme-
diately are often classified as
‘wastage’ and are sent, with the
ageing winners, to the knacker-
ies for pet food or on long jour-
neys to abattoirs for human con-
sumption. Government figures
show that as many as 40,000
horses are slaughtered each year
Horse racing is an industry,
not a sport, and the persistent
corruption scandals just empha-
sise that it is a cruel and inhu-
Director of campaigns
PETA Australia (People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals)
Big new spending
sounds great, but...
THE Australian Senate now
presents the best opportunity
South Australia has had in a long
time to avail itself of the power
of what is known as ‘the states’
house’ in Canberra.
Never before has there been
such cross-bench voting power
for South Australia.
There is, however, a deeper
problem in Australian politics.
Once I experienced parliament
from the inside I realised how
detached from the real world
The facts, the figures, the
evidence, the merit of your argu-
ment – they mean nothing.
Politics is a numbers game.
Thankfully, Australian voters
can count, and are using their
numbers – as high as 40 per cent
at the last election – to shop
for new alternatives outside the
major parties, alternatives like
Australian politics today is
captive to ‘next-election pop-
Our nation has a monumental
reform task before it, but that
task is undermined by celebrity
politicians eager to provide the
next clever sound-bite for a hun-
gry 24-hour news cycle.
The major parties can not
agree on reducing taxes, so the
cross-bench needs to force them
to do it.
Elected for two terms, sena-
tors do not need to worry about
the next election, but about
the hard work required to get
Australia in the right shape
The hard budget repair work
to prepare for the end of the
mining boom has not been done.
Governments keep trying to
be the solution to everything.
Every time the Federal
Government says it wants to
show leadership and solve prob-
lems, another billion dollars
needs to be raised in taxation.
South Australia can not afford
a big spending state or federal
government – look at your latest
Emergency Services Levy bill if
you’re not convinced.
If we are to truly capture
the middle-term economic
benefits of the great work
Trade Minister Andrew Robb
has done in securing free trade
deals with Japan, South Korea
and China, then we need to
clear the nation’s economic
engine rooms – agriculture,
small business etc. – of all the
regulatory rubbish and wasteful
government spending that
gorges itself on our taxes. Big
new spends like paid parental
leave and a medical future fund
sound wonderful, but those are
initiatives of a budget in surplus,
not mired in debt.
Business and families know,
faced with a budget in the red,
you have to cut spending then
grow from there. I’m commit-
ted to helping the $400 billion
Canberra budget do the same.
SENATOR BOB DAY
Family First SA
STATE Labor Treasurer Tom
Koutsantonis’s attempt to co-opt
local councils to spread misinfor-
mation about State Government
cuts is a desperate con.
In recent months Labor has
repeatedly and mischievous-
ly peddled misleading claims
about the Federal Government’s
reforms in order to spread fear
and angst needlessly among
seniors and is now seeking to
manipulate local Councils into
helping spread this inaccurate
I have written to each council
in my electorate alerting them to
State Labor’s cynical attempts to
hoodwink them. This campaign
is utterly false and it would be
very disappointing if councils
agreed to such a proposal.
The State Labor Government
has already wasted over $1
million of taxpayer’s funds
on an advertising campaign
attempting to falsely blame the
Commonwealth for their own
cuts. That is $1 million that
should have been used to support
Now councils are being asked
to do the same thing – use valu-
able ratepayer resources to push
false political spin rather than
use that funding to maintain the
roads and services ratepayers
rightly expect from their local
Government has increased fund-
ing this year to South Australia
and will continue to increase
funding each year of the next
four years – a total increase of
23 per cent or $1.8 billion over
those four years.
Liberal Member for Barker
PUBS forced to close on public holidays? It
sounds ridiculous, but – as today’s Pioneer
outlines – it’s the ridiculous truth.
It’s been five years coming, but it seems
sections of the South Australian hospitality
industry have been in denial about workers
moving to the full federal award from
January 1 this year.
And who can blame them? Some larger,
city-based establishments may be able to
cope with paying $50 plus an hour to casual
staff – even though surcharges have been
talked about – but it’s a tall order for smaller
operations with less foot traffic, such as
They’re less busy than their city
counterparts through the week, so even
though weekday rates have been cut by
$4 per hour for casual staff, what’s saved
Monday to Friday doesn’t cover the extra
cost of weekends and in particular public
Some argue that hotel operators
threatening to close on public holidays are
being stingy, and just want to rip off their
workers, who have already taken a weekday
However, the number of unscrupulous
operators would be a tiny minority – most
just want to open on weekends and public
holidays, pay their workers and make a
profit. Without that latter element, the jobs
Worth more debate is the very concept of
holiday penalty rates.
Modern Australia is moving to a 24/7
society. Particularly in the city, people
demand shops open after hours and on
weekends, because our working and social
lives are no longer necessarily driven by a
nine to five weekday.
Does this evolution necessarily ‘fit’ with
holiday penalty rates?
And if we have the ridiculous situation of
pubs being forced to close on Australia Day
or Anzac Day, are we heading in the right
Last Monday we took some
visitors to Headings Landing
for a day on the river and to
show them just how wonderful
that area of the river can be.
We put the boat in using the
Headings boat ramp, but we
all were disgusted – and really
embarrassed – to see the
condition of the rubbish (green
skip) bin near the ground. The
bin was over-filled and there was
a big heap of rubbish packed
and scattered on the ground
next to the bin. What was even
worse was that the council
contractor picked the bin up
while we were on the river, but
only picked up the bin. All the
rubbish remained on the ground.
Fortunately, one of the campers
there picked up all rubbish
(including bags of stinky prawns)
and put it in the bin – and filled
it right up. This area is supposed
to be an icon tourist destination
and deserves better rubbish
management. And maybe the
council could fix the access road
Spirit of Christmas definitely
over? Yes. Some moron wrecked
Santa while trying to steal (and
failing, thankfully) the jockey, or
the spare wheel or the complete
red trailer out of our paddock.
Hopefully Santa gave joy to
many travellers on the Sturt
Highway while he was there.
J. & K. KNIGHT
To Wally of Berri (Text the Editor,
13/1/15) who wants to leave
his car unlocked when it’s
unoccupied. What would happen
if your car stereo was pinched?
If your car was insured, it would
be a bit hard to make a claim,
wouldn’t you say?
They said we had to step forward
and embrace the digital world.
As far as I can see DTV (digital
television) has taken a plunge
back 50 years over recent days,
with poor reception at best in
country areas. Pixellation or
My sincere thanks to the kind
gentleman who helped to get my
car out of the Riverland Central
Plaza car park when a very
inconsiderate person parked
so close that we had to enter
my car via the passenger side
door. Your assistance was really
Hotondo Homes have given
me the most wonderful service
while building a new home.
Nothing was too much trouble.
They didn’t treat me like a
number. Thank you Craig, Gill
Great to see the Renmark
Paringa Council receive
almost $40,000 in special
performance bonuses for
efficiency within their council
area from the Local Government
Association (‘Efficient council
reaps rewards’, The Pioneer,
13/1/15). I hope the newly
elected Berri Barmera
councillors are taking a leaf
out of Renmark Paringa’s
book and all work towards
more affordability of rates and
efficient spending of ratepayers’
Do 24/7 lives and
penalty rates fit?
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