Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 20th 2015 Contents 4 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I love the Berri
IT IS great the Berri marina is
now usable, but I still can’t see
how it’s worth $179,000.
Riverland link to
World War history
I AM hoping that some readers
in your region can assist me – I
am endeavouring to research
and write a history of the 8th
Division Salvage Unit.
This South Australian-
raised unit served in Australia,
Singapore and Malaya in
1941 and was captured by the
Japanese unit upon the fall of
Singapore on February 15, 1942.
Almost half of them died as
prisoners of war.
Several soldiers of the unit
came from the Riverland.
Although these events
occurred some seven decades
ago, I am hoping that some
people amongst your readership,
perhaps descendants, may still
have some documentation from
those men of the unit.
If so, I would like to hear
I have just completed a simi-
lar written and published his-
tory of the 2/4th Reserve Motor
Transport Company, also of the
I am now turning my attention
towards the 8th Division Salvage
Unit. The unit’s history, like the
2/4th RMTC, has never been
documented formally. I am hop-
ing to do this.
My contacts are: phone 8562
2257 or 0427 622 257, or email:
Benefit for injured
HUNDREDS OF South
Australians are seriously injured
in car accidents each year.
While we are grateful that
those South Australians did not
lose their life, in some cases
they lost the chance to live the
life they had.
Catastrophic injuries such as
paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain
injury, whole limb or multiple
amputations, severe burns or
blindness can have devastating
effects on a person’s quality of
life, and require years of support
It is not something you
want to imagine. But if you or
someone you love – such as
your mum, dad, husband, wife,
sibling or friend – was left cata-
strophically injured in a road
accident, you would hope there
was a system in place that pro-
vided lifetime treatment, care
and support, even when no one
was at fault.
Thankfully that system – the
Lifetime Support Scheme – is
now in place.
Under the state’s previous
CTP system, up to half of cata-
strophically injured road acci-
dent victims were left without
If someone was catastrophi-
cally injured in a car accident
caused, for example, by over-
correcting and rolling a vehicle,
spinning out of control on a wet
road or hitting a tree or a kanga-
roo, and there was no one else at
fault, that lifetime support was
The State Government rec-
ognised the need for reform and
now, catastrophically injured
road accident victims can be
looked after for the rest of their
The State Government has
been very open that as a result
of the new Lifetime Support
Scheme there would need to be
changes to the lower end of the
scheme, which affects minor
Recently the Law Society
has attempted to discredit these
changes. With many lawyers
able to benefit from representing
minor claims, it is not surprising
they are disappointed.
As a result, it has attempted
to make tenuous links between
the much-needed reform, the
State Budget announcement to
move to private sector provision
of CTP insurance and MAC’s
2013/14 financial performance.
Firstly, they are completely
separate government policies
and are not connected.
The private sector provision
of CTP insurance will not affect
the Lifetime Support Scheme,
because it is funded separately.
Secondly, MAC’s profits sim-
ply reflect strong financial man-
agement. That is a good thing.
It is also worth noting the
difference between CTP insur-
ance and the Lifetime Support
Scheme. CTP insurance covers
people against getting sued by
crash victims where you, as the
owner or driver of the vehicle, is
at fault. It will not pay you com-
pensation for your injuries when
you are at fault.
The Lifetime Support Scheme
ensures that if you or your loved
ones are catastrophically injured
in an accident, you are entitled
to lifetime treatment, care and
support, even when no one else
was at fault. This did not exist
While the Law Society is
disappointed some of its mem-
bers do not benefit from the
changes, the State Government
is steadfast in its commitment to
ensuring catastrophically injured
motorists do benefit.
EARLIER THIS month, ter-
rorists entered Baga Town,
Nigeria, leaving an estimated
The Nigerian army seems
powerless and the ‘caliphate’ is
confidently in place – or could
that confidence be misplaced?
Soon enough, won’t another
Islamist sect take a dislike to
Boko and wipe them out?
Ultimately, when all the radi-
cal Muslims have killed each
other, moderate Muslims will
engage in dialogue and shared
prayers with the surviving
only a sideshow for jihadists
anyway – won’t work.
The Roman Empire, the
French Revolution, the Nazis,
the communists – none managed
to exterminate it.
Or were the communists
smarter than the rest?
Now calling themselves
etc., but still committed to
making Christian culture dead?
Nichols Point, Victoria
Regarding Ron C’s text in
Friday’s paper (16/1/15) about
Heading’s Landing bins, the road
to the ramp is so corrugated and
untrafficable my trailer needed
repairs. I think the bin collection
refuses to travel this road, it
is so bad. C’mon council, road
maintenance ahead of town
Are people serious (‘Pubs
with no cheer’, The Pioneer,
16/1/15)? Of course they have
to pay extra wages on public
holidays. Others get the day off.
And if you don’t want to employ
them part-time, of course you
pay the cost.
I know bar staff who would
prefer their previous weekend
award rates to not working at
Not mentioned in the ‘Pubs with
no cheer’ story was that our
dumb State Government has
made Christmas Eve and New
Year’s Eve public holidays from
7pm. So now some pubs will
close on those nights as well.
And Business SA agreed to this.
It actually did.
Maybe another eight break-ins in
Loxton will allow Superintendent
Blandford to feel okay about
the Pioneer now calling it a
crime wave? (‘Setting the
record straight on break-ins
across Loxton’, The Pioneer,
Joyce of Loxton, your “specific
examples” of Federal
Government cuts were nothing
more than generic criticisms
parroted from one of the Labor
handbag hit squad, Wong,
Plibersek etc. “Pensioners,
unemployed, the sick,
education...” None of them
have had funding cuts. Some
of the Gillard/Rudd unfunded
promises won’t be kept, but
surely you’re not saying an
incoming government has to
keep the election promises of
its opponent? And you actually
forgot the one funding cut: the
ABC. So, your effort is a very
Joyce of Loxton (Text the Editor,
13/1/15), always in denial of
the major issue, that being the
massive debt the Labor Party
created for the country, leaving
us with $250 million in interest
repayments each week. That
figure may have risen since the
election seeing as Labor will
not help repair the problems
created during their terms in
government. Look at how much
has been saved, re. stop the
boats etc. I didn’t vote for this
incompetent bunch, so why
should I have to pay to repair
the damage done by the party
you voted for? Don’t forget
Rudd also wanted to move
the naval base from Sydney to
Queensland, at a cost of $6
billion (not including interest)
just to gain extra seats.
The Searchers coming to
Mount Gambier on March 4.
Any chance, with a phone call
or six, that they can appear at
the Chaffey Theatre around the
same time? Might surprise some
as to how many would go to see
them. So organise a petition,
someone. Can’t hurt to try.
Interesting decision to publish
the cover of Charlie Hebdo in
last Friday’s Pioneer (‘Nicki
checks in from France’,
16/1/15). Why would you do it?
Well done to the Sims family
for their long association with
Simarloo (‘Simarloo’s proud
family legacy’, 16/1/15).
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Dose Of Dorin
Being the best
SOMETIMES it seems South Australia
suffers from its own form of ‘little big
Everything we do has to be compared to
the rest of the country, and if we happen to
do something well, we cannot help but gloat
about it – embarrassingly so, at times – and
often denigrate another state’s similar event.
We tell everyone who’s listening, and
even those who aren’t, that we’ve got
Australia’s best car race – the Clipsal 500.
We’ve clearly got the country’s best
cycling race, the Tour Down Under, and the
next time one of our sporting teams actually
wins a national title, wait and watch certain
folk try to rile interstaters with ‘we’re the
Restaurants? Number one. Arts festivals?
Number one. Power prices? Number one
(though few people would brag about that).
There’s probably nothing wrong with
pumping up our own tyres, as we can’t
expect anyone else to. But surely some of
our events can stand on their own two feet,
without us having to sink the boots into our
interstate friends (or rivals).
Actually none of
us are Charlie
A COUPLE of people have asked why The
Pioneer chose to publish the controversial
cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo magazine
Given we ran a topical story about a
Riverland teenager currently in France, a
more apt question would be: Why wouldn’t
you publish it? The pursuit of free speech
has led us and many other Australian media
outlets (though shamefully, not all) to pub-
lish the cover.
However, of concern has been how
many people – including celebrities – have
adopted the hashtag-friendly ‘I am Charlie’
(‘Je suis Charlie’) catchphrase as their own.
No, you’re actually not Charlie.
If all of us were Charlie, that is unafraid
to treat Islam the same as we treat other
religions, then the terrorists would have too
many targets, weakening their mission.
Charlie Hebdo was attacked because it
was different to everybody else, including
media and governments, not the same.
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