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the key for pool
REPORTEDLY the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie has
received a consultant’s report
regarding the Waikerie and
Loxton swimming pools.
As there may potentially be
implications regarding the pro-
posed Waikerie ‘heated pool’, or
the Loxton Sporting Complex,
when will the report’s contents
be revealed to ratepayers?
Sense of entitlement
is starting too young
AT least one high school for the
first time couldn’t find even one
student worthy of their commu-
nity service award in 2016.
The extravagant sense of enti-
tlement that lost Sussan Ley, the
former minister of health, her
portfolio recently is not confined
to the rich anymore. We see it
Children throw a tantrum if
they can’t immediately have
what they want, choose what to
wear, eat, apps etc.
The sense of entitlement starts
University graduates wav-
ing their new degrees sing ‘the
world owes me a living... tra-
We don’t seem to be grate-
ful for the safety net of social
welfare anymore, now it’s an
Less and less have the civic
pride to engage with the service
clubs and organisations that built
Are volunteers so underval-
ued? Or are mobile devices more
The littering of event ven-
ues and the environment (even
where bins are provided) demon-
strate loss of pride in community
Too many can’t even leave a
public toilet tidy after they have
used it; as demonstrated in the
vandalised Truro toilets, provid-
ed by the local council for the
Are we becoming a nation of
free loaders? People who ride,
but never push?
claims miss mark
AUSTRALIA Day 2017 saw a
number of communities congre-
gating together in protest saying
that Australia Day was, for them,
That the British arrived here
on January 26, 1788 and settled
on the shores of what is now
called Sydney, is true. That the
white settlers thereafter colo-
nised the entire country, is also
Had the British not come to
Australia, then the land would
most certainly have been col-
onised by the French. Once
discovered it would never have
remained as it was.
Therefore, to claim that settle-
ment did not happen is incorrect.
That there was a wholesale
dispossession of land is undoubt-
ed, just as the English were
dispossessed of their lands by
the Norman French 700 years
However, it is fair to say
that in 1788 the British did not
understand the Aboriginal claim
to lands because there was mini-
mal cultivation or habitation.
Changing the day is not going
to change the past nor will it
alleviate the anger that has
become a characteristic of mod-
ern times. Even should the date
of Australia Day be changed, we
will see the same demonstrations
and continue to face the same
Rather than decrying the
arrival of the British, all in this
land should rather celebrate the
civilisation that they brought to
this country. Everything we have
today is due to the very moment
Governor Arthur Phillip raised
the British flag on Australian
The lifestyle that Australians
enjoy today – even those on wel-
fare – is due to the raising of that
flag. The fact that we are one
nation and one continent and not
a myriad of separate countries is
due to the raising of that flag.
That is why we celebrate
Australia Day on January 26 as
a time for all in this country to
join together as one people to
face the future.
Whilst it is always necessary
to learn from the past, we must
never allow the past to control
Australian Monarchist League
About ‘hate speech’
THE other day, 3500-plus peo-
ple took part in an “anti-Trump”
march in Melbourne.
According to one organiser:
“We’re not marching as an anti-
Trump movement per se, we’re
marching to protest the hate
speech, the hateful rhetoric....”
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Abu
Mohammed, Australia’s Grand
Mufti, wants section 18C of
the Racial Discrimination Act
expanded to prohibit what he
calls “hate speech” concerning
In other words, he wants
Australia to have a Pakistan-
style blasphemy law.
No. No. The fact is, there’s
nothing wrong with expressing
Some things we have got to
Not people, but certain
Think about childhood sexual
abuse. Yes, punish the offenders
but don’t hate even them as
God himself loves morally
evil people – insofar as they are
not completely evil.
He hates sin. He loves sinners.
We must try to do the same.
Nichols Point, Victoria
at Adelaide Zoo
THE death of the orang-utan
named Karta at Adelaide Zoo is
a sad day for all who care about
Karta has been confined in
zoos since her birth, 34 years
ago, and her death followed the
still-birth of her seventh baby –
all of the previous babies also
died soon after delivery.
Karta was too sick to breed
and was, accordingly, on contra-
ceptives, which failed to work.
The pregnancy was allowed to
continue despite the clear danger
of complications, which in the
event took her life.
Zoo breeding programs give
the public a false sense that
something meaningful is hap-
pening to save animals, when in
reality they serve no conserva-
tion purpose, because animals
born in zoos are rarely, if ever,
returned to their natural habitats.
The physical and mental
stress of constant captivity and
the loss of freedom, including
when and what to eat and what
to do, leads these animals to
display abnormal, neurotic and
even self-destructive behaviour,
such as self-mutilation.
With today’s incredible tech-
nology, virtual field trips, IMAX
movies, and wildlife documenta-
ries are a far better way to teach
children about the wonders of
the animal kingdom than visiting
depressed animals held in cap-
We urge everyone who gen-
uinely cares about orang-utans
and all the other animals serving
life sentences in zoos to recog-
nise these institutions for what
they are – prisons with living
Let’s refuse to patronise them,
and instead donate to campaigns
that actually protect animals in
their native habitats.
We all deserve same
respect and dignity
CHANGE is inevitable, but it’s
how you navigate it that matters.
In this ever-changing world
we urge everyone who cares
about our society – whether you
live in Adelaide or Alice Springs
to remember we all deserve
respect and dignity.
Our country’s success is built
on this very idea of a ‘fair go’ for
all, a notion underpinned by the
very basic principle of humanity.
Humanity is universal in
nature and urges that all people
no matter their gender, race
or religion – be treated with
respect, and given the chance to
live life in dignity.
In this world we have choices
to make: a fair go for all, or just
for some; unity or separation.
We all have the chance to nur-
ture and promote the kindness,
compassion and goodness that
are essential for human dignity.
At Red Cross, we work for
unity, humanity and the inher-
ent dignity of every person. We
encourage all Australians and
our community, political and
business leaders to do the same.
Australia Red Cross
SOME day soon a political party in
Australia might wake up and realise that
cost-of-living pressures are the key to
Other issues might be more fashionable
and garner more media coverage, but none
of them compare to – for example – that
moment every three months when a family
opens up its power bill and wonders how it
can be paid.
Australia Day versus Invasion Day, same-
sex marriage, our refugee intake, Donald
Trump, gender equality, NBN speeds,
politician travel rorts, professional sport...
the list goes on, but for voters, they all take
a back seat.
Examples like a local supermarket having
its power bill doubled overnight – from
December 31 to January 1 – will only serve
to hammer home that message to families.
Increasing power costs are inhibiting
our way of life, sometimes directly, often
If the Riverland supermarket referenced
above has to lay off staff to cover for its
gargantuan power bill hike, families will be
If a rising power or household bill
leaves you having to make tough choices
about where you can spend your money,
that will ultimately trickle down to other
One day, a political party might bite the
bullet and decide that lowering cost-of-
living pressures – including energy prices,
government charges and the like – is worth
copping the inevitable flack for.
Sure, some sections of society would cry
blue murder. Fossil fuel, potential pay cuts,
less taxpayer money for fashionable causes,
less public servants – they all come with a
substantial political price tag.
But if the result is a cheaper cost of
living, the pay-off might be worth it.
State Opposition Leader Steven Marshall
says the “ongoing electricity crisis that is
hurting South Australian households and
businesses must be one of the key priorities
for the South Australian Government”.
In response, he says if elected in March
2018, a minister in his government would
be dedicated to that cause.
The coming 12 months will reveal
whether Mr Marshall intends to merely
tinker around the edges of the current
policies adopted by Australian governments
to pick up a few stray voters, or whether
he’s actually serious.
Does Mal of Renmark (Text Line,
26/1/17) realise there are only
two traffic lanes in the IGA area
at Renmark? The parked cars
have the right to back out there.
A friend of mine got a ticket for
driving there and making a third
lane while not looking to park.
Not surprised the Berri river
front blocks didn’t sell. Who in
the Riverland has that kind of
Hey, Sue of Renmark (Text
Line, 26/1/17), you might not
care about the Berri river front
auction, but plenty of people do.
The auction was packed out.
That shows how much interest
there was. Please think a bit
harder before you text next time.
I believe the people of Berri
Barmera have lost confidence
in the council. The council
said no land for the river front
development would be sold
before auction. A deal was then
done with the Berri Hotel. How
many more deals are going on
behind the scenes?
It’s about time SAPOL caught
a drink driver in Loxton (‘Two
hours, five drunk drivers’,
Pioneer, 24/1/17). It certainly
appears drink/drug driving is
common practice in Loxton –
and very disappointing. Are
there police patrolling Loxton?
Another example of Nick
Xenophon getting some publicity
then moving on to the next thing
(‘Xenophon considers Chaffey
State Election run’, Pioneer,
26/1/17)? He gets a few words
in on his different things, but
doesn’t seem to actually do
anything. Still plenty of poker
machines around, isn’t there?
Cost of living
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