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HOW many people can Australia
sustainably accommodate has
been a hot topic of conversation
for some time.
Many politicians and large
corporations argue for an
increase in the population to 35
million and more by the middle
of this century.
Reasons given include young-
er immigrants to cater for our
aging population, and increased
Per head of population,
Australia is the fastest growing
of all the developed countries.
Most others have been stabi-
lised, with some even decreas-
When the problems of the
world are discussed at world
forums, the population question
is rarely on the agenda.
It’s in the too hard basket, but
compared to the threat it poses to
human civilisation, other major
problems are secondary.
But getting back to the Land
of Oz. Many of the politicians
that advocate for a much larger
population are just stooges for
big business, where short-term
greed is the order of the day.
Politicians like Kelvin
Thomson (now retired) are few
and far between. He has been
warning about excess population
growth in Australia for years.
In business notable exceptions
like Dick Smith are also thin on
Many politicians and corpo-
rations don’t seem to know, or
choose to ignore the fact that
only 6 per cent of Australia
is arable (capable of growing
crops), and some of that is
subjected to salinity and urban
Water, or the lack of it, is a
Our cities, in particu-
lar, Sydney, Melbourne and
Brisbane, continue to grow out
of control, with the resulting
transport, housing, and social
One way to take the pressure
off that particular situation,
would be to insist that all new
immigrants to this country be
settled in regional areas, com-
pulsorily for 10 years.
That would help to reinvig-
orate stagnating country towns,
with new industries created, as
well as assisting the assimilation
of different groups, instead of
the enclaves that you get in the
But don’t hold your breath,
because good old common sense
has been replaced by appease-
ment, political correctness, and
out of control OH&S... and the
list goes on.
If you invite a guest into your
house, there are a few accepted
The same should apply to
our country. In this world that
we live in, any migrant coming
to this country is a privileged
Fortunately, it seems that the
bulk of the Australian population
is waking up to the fact that a
big increase in the population
is going to radically affect their
quality of life.
The things we take for granted
in our Australian way of life will
quickly disappear, and you don’t
need a real active imagination to
work out what they are.
Note: Rex Ellis’ outback books are
available online (safarico.com.au)
of by phoning 8543 2280.
‘Legal’ drugs our
WITH the downgrading of medi-
cal marijuana by the Therapeutic
Goods Administration last year
out of the category reserved for
dangerous drugs, I felt a deep
concern for our youth.
More so when the tendering
opened up to allow private busi-
ness to grow the cannabis crops.
The drugs we have most
problems within Australia, those
causing most harm and deaths in
the community, are all legal.
Alcohol, cigarettes and pre-
scription drugs. Prescription
drug addiction is a hidden disas-
ter with Australia only running
behind the US internationally in
terms of addiction rates.
When money can be made
from the private sale of any form
of drugs, it is the clean taxpayer
who ends up picking up the tab
for the grossly increased health
spending to take care of those
caught up in the horror of addic-
All the while fantastic prof-
its are being pocketed by the
companies selling these drugs
to growing numbers of users. In
2016, $6.7 billion was made sell-
ing legal cannabis in the USA. It
is a booming industry.
To see the end result of ‘med-
ical’ cannabis in the community,
look no further than Los Angeles
in California, the first US state to
legalise the medicinal cannabis
People openly smoke on the
streets – joints and bongs. These
are healthy-looking people and
young people, clearly not in the
late stages of cancer or another
Walk down popular tourist
spot, Hollywood Boulevard, and
one is assaulted by the smell of
weed. So much so, it is com-
pletely offensive to the non-user
and requires covering the mouth
and nose to prevent inhalation of
People ride bikes and skate-
boards, puffing away.
A guy stands there with a
sign offering a temporary med-
ical licence for tourists to get a
prescription and then get high.
Totally healthy tourists stop and
engage in a transaction.
Within a three-block radius,
four billboards promote marijua-
na and how to find it.
Marijuana is not a harmless
drug and to the young, growing
brain, it clearly takes a toll both
mentally and physically.
The weed of 2017 is not the
same as when baby boomers
were growing up. It is potent,
much stronger and ample
research exists of its negative
Our politicians need to go
and actually look at how it has
played out in the US, walk the
streets, talk to those dealing with
rising addiction with their youth
and not just listen to the well-
paid lobbyists who ply the halls
of parliament hoping to cash
in on a government concerned
about the needs of a small per-
centage of medical patients in
Drug-Free Ambassadors Australia
What is marriage?
MARRIAGE is a union between
one man and one woman.
That’s what the word means.
The word marriage comes from
‘mere’, the French word for
mother. The word matrimony
comes from ‘mater’, the Latin
word for mother.
Marriage is the relationship
that can naturally lead to moth-
If the word marriage means
anything at all, ‘gay marriage’
isn’t a possibility. It’s a con-
tradiction in terms. Potentially
baby-creating sexual union is the
key to the purpose of marriage
and to what it is. Whatever two
women or two men choose to do
in private is their business, but it
can’t constitute marriage.
Whatever kinds of sexual
stimulations occur, the outcome
can’t, by their nature, be the cre-
ation of a baby.
Nichols Point, Victoria
CRITICS seem to be lining up for a shot
at those involved with the Berri river front
It started with last week’s surprise news
that the Berri Hotel had purchased four of
the 25 allotments after a behind-closed-
doors deal with Berri Barmera Council,
leaving 21 to be auctioned on Friday.
Armed with plans to create apartment-
style accommodation, the hotel paid
$715,000 for the blocks.
Having 21 rather than the long-publicised
25 blocks available may have irritated some
people, particularly if they considered
blocks 1 to 4 the prime picks.
However, little harm was seemingly done,
and if nothing else, the purchase could
be viewed as a vote of confidence in the
Fast forward a few days to Friday when
a packed crowd gathered inside one of
the hotel’s large conference rooms for the
In truth, only 10 per cent of people in the
room had any interest in actually buying a
property. Most attended out of curiosity.
Once the lengthy preamble was complete,
the auction began – or more accurately, the
auction that never started began, because
not a single allotment was sold.
The opening vendor bid – typically
used to kick-start an auction – of $140,000
quickly set the tone.
Nobody in attendance was prepared to go
anywhere near the opening prices suggested
by the auctioneer.
One of the early blocks drew a hopeful
bid of $80,000. The offer was politely but
quickly dismissed. Not in the ball park.
So, the lack of interest shows the prices
were beyond what locals were prepared
to offer. Concerns about the shape of the
blocks – long and thin – were also aired
around the room and no doubt in private
conversations across the Riverland.
Fair enough. The properties will now go
on the open market and the council expects
them to be if not snapped up, then sold
within a reasonable time frame, given the
many selling points they boast.
Indeed, the open market will – as it
almost always is – be the ultimate test of the
The blocks aren’t necessarily worth what
the council says, nor what the room of non-
bidders at the auction say.
They’re worth what people are prepared
to pay for them.
Those reserve prices will soon be judged,
and the project will move forward once that
Not sure if I think the right thing
was done by selling those four
Berri blocks before the auction
I understand why you would sell
them, but what about people
who might have had their eye
on those four blocks? Still, I
suppose you have to take what
you can get.
Regarding the Berri land sales,
what went wrong? The “strong
interest” and “great spot”
(Pioneer, 13/1/17) resulted in
three bids at the auction. Was
it the high rates, narrow blocks,
restrictive building regulations
or the economy? Whatever,
ratepayers foot the $3 million to
costs to develop until they sell,
but now it’s a buyers’ market.
Good on the Berri Barmera
Council for at least getting some
guaranteed money from the land
sale. And well done to the Berri
Hotel for investing in the town.
The long-term accommodation is
exactly what the town needs.
I think the blocks are too narrow.
You’d need to buy two of them
The auction of the river front
land in Berri was a failure,
falling well below everyone’s
expectations. With a room full
of spectators and prospective
buyers, there was barely a bid
on 21 blocks and none within
$50,000 of the council’s
reserve. What went wrong? Was
it not listening to the feedback
on size of the blocks and not
consulting with knowledgeable
people within the council
area. It is, after all, ‘only
Berri’. Were those involved in
these out of their depth and
lacking experience for this
development? If this was a
private development, it might
be in danger of going under. I
think the council is out of touch
with its own community. It’s a
case of not selling what people
want and can afford. Most
buyers would be local. With
waterfront marina blocks for
sale in some coastal towns 90
minutes out of Adelaide starting
from $215,000 for 900 square
metres, Berri’s block prices are
over the top. Will ratepayers
be left holding the baby once
again? I reckon the ‘jewel’ has
lost some of its shine. Time for
the council to get their hands
dirty and start polishing.
Regarding the Murray River
Queen, is the Renmark wharf
safe enough for it to moor there?
I noticed a lot of water damage
and collapsed pavers, along with
time damage on the old section.
The Renmark Paringa Council
needs to do an engineering
survey on whole structure before
The world hasn’t been blown
apart yet, and Donald Trump is
now the president.
I would like to commend
Rosenthal Motors Berri for
their superb customer service.
They have really gone out of
their way to assist me, and its
such a pleasure to receive such
fantastic service. Very nice
The humble art of vacuuming is
lost on some licensed premises,
Market to test
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