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in Darwin bombing
I NOTICED recent recollections
concerning the Japanese bomb-
ing of Darwin and the Northern
Territory during World War II.
I believe that the only
Japanese plane shot down over
Australia was done so by Jack
Egel, who grew up at Moorook
and later lived at Loxton.
During the late 1930s and
early 1940s my parents had
close connections to the Egel
family at Moorook. My mother
worked in their home before she
married and was god-mother to
the youngest son Wilfred.
An older brother, Frank,
worked for my father, who had
a carrying business at Moorook,
and Jack did too at weekends
About 20 years ago Jack vis-
ited my mother and I and told us
that he worked for his father on
the farm and never paid wages.
He only received his ‘keep’ until
he joined the army and was post-
ed to the Northern Territory.
The only money he had
received for work was from my
father for the weekend work.
My father had local contracts
and transported semi loads of
bagged wheat and boxes of dried
fruit to the local railway stations.
Jack gave us photos of the
truck at the wheat stacks –
unloading them with an elevator.
here to help
I REFER to the Text Line
contribution by Barry of
Barmera (Pioneer, 24/2/17).
This is not the result we, as
councillors, would like.
You are right, there is more
to Barmera than the Visitor
Information Centre, which is
now referred to as Barmera
The reason for this name
change is that the Barmera
District War Memorial
Community Centre Incorporated
is now responsible for most of
the large events that happen in
the town and that name is far too
long for anyone to remember.
If you call into the centre you
will see the list of events which
we are now responsible for and I
might add we are very happy to
help with and, it’s in our charter
to do so.
As councillors who reside in
Barmera we are of course very
interested to get things going in
our community, but we are also
area councillors, which means
we are also passionate about
everything that happens in our
If you would like to discuss
this please feel free to ring me at
Berri Barmera councillor
No truth to ‘VIC
TO Barry of Barmera (Text Line,
24/2/17), I am sorry that your
discussion with an unnamed
Berri Barmera councillor was
less than satisfactory.
As a Berri Barmera councillor
you should think that our council
gives the Visitor Information
Centre a high priority for
That is simply not true.
Also, as chairman of Barmera
Central, which runs the Barmera
Visitor Information Centre
(VIC), I would be more than
happy to talk with you so that
you may get actual facts from
the source, about the VIC.
If you would like to explore
these issues further, or discuss
any other council issue in par-
ticular, please do not hesitate to
Berri Barmera Council
Musical hub an
I WAS delighted to read that
the Riverland Choral Group and
Riverland Brass Band are joining
forces to create a musical hub
in Berri (‘Music groups come
together in harmony’, Pioneer
What an excellent and
praise-worthy solution to the
choir’s predicament following
the loss of their rehearsal space.
Both are loved and cherished
groups in our community and
are appreciated for the joy they
bring to others through their
singing and music.
I wish them every success in
this new venture and hope they
will continue to inspire us with
their uplifting singing and music
for many years to come.
Unions pour millions
into Labor’s coffers
FIGURES released by
the Australian Electorate
Commission this month lay bare
the extent to which Bill Shorten
and the Labor Party are owned
by unions that they continue
to seek to protect from greater
levels of scrutiny and account-
The AEC figures reveal that
in 2015/16, the ALP received
approximately $10 million
in donations from unions. In
addition, the union movement
declared campaign expenditure
of $16.5 million in support of
the Labor Party.
These figures include
approximately $1 million from
Australia’s most corrupt union,
the CFMEU, whose shame-
ful record of lawlessness was
defended by the ALP through
its opposition to the restoration
of the Australian Building and
Bill Shorten has been given
millions in cash and support by
his union masters. In return, he
has repeatedly sold out the inter-
ests of honest union members
and hard-working Australians,
Opposing the Registered
which will provide strengthened
protections for members of reg-
Defending the indefensible
actions of the lawless CFMEU
- Attempting to crush 60,000
Victorian Country Fire Authority
volunteers by supporting a
hostile takeover by the United
Siding with the Transport
Workers Union in its efforts to
put 35,000 family owner-oper-
ator truck drivers out of work
through the so-called Road
Safety Remuneration Tribunal
Repeatedly putting the inter-
ests of dishonest and self-serving
union officials ahead of the very
members they purport to repre-
In 2015/16, Australian unions
paid $26 million to own and
control their own political party.
In Bill Shorten, they now have
a leader who is more craven in
his willingness to bow to union
control than any previous ALP
It is Australians who pay the
highest price for Bill Shorten’s
weakness in allowing the inter-
ests of union officials to trump
the interest of all Australians.
Liberal Senator for WA
WHEN used together, ‘big business’ are
dirty words in modern Australian political
discourse, and by association some of that
mud also sticks to ‘business’.
But times are tough for small business
in Australia, and particularly in South
Australia, where sky-rocketing power bills
add another unwanted hurdle to staying
The Farmer lift-out in today’s Murray
Pioneer carries stories about the local
primary production industries that keep
the Riverland alive, including the struggles
experienced by some locals.
These growers – or small businesses –
encounter all manner of challenges, such
as unpredictable weather, and supply and
Likewise, those who operate retail
businesses face a significant barrier to
trading profitably on Sundays: penalty rates.
Last week’s Fair Work Commission
(FWC) decision to reduce rates for a few
employee awards has drawn predictably
strong criticism from certain quarters, and
certainly some workers will be worse off
when the measures are adopted.
But the announcement is far from the
financial Armageddon for all Sunday
workers that it’s been portrayed as.
The rates have been cut mainly for full-
time and part-time positions, not casual
positions, so Sunday casual workers will
still receive 175 per cent of the weekly rate.
Plus most would argue the cuts have been
‘modest’ at worst.
In fact, whether still paying 175 per
cent or 150 per cent of regular rates would
be enough for small business operators to
suddenly start employing more people is
High wage rates have repeatedly been
cited by businesses as the major barrier to
survival, growth and longer opening hours,
which in turn require higher staffing levels.
And Sundays are hardly the Sabbath
day they once were, particularly with
people now living – and demanding – 24/7
lifestyles and shopping access.
So, we’re left with the common sense
point that most unions simply don’t want
aired: Is 85 per cent of something better
than 100 per cent of nothing?
Interestingly, the Fair Work Commission
was set up by Labor as an independent
Seems Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
is happy for the FWC to be independent as
long at he agrees with its decisions.
Graham ‘Charlie’ Charlton’s
unique insight into local sport
will be missed on radio (‘It’s over
and out for Charlie’, Pioneer,
24/2/17). So many great stories
and profiles over the years. I
have no doubt he will still be
involved in one way or the other.
Well done, Charlie.
Good story on Graham Charlton.
I didn’t listen every week, but
it was good to hear his familiar
voice on there when I did. It was
also good to be reminded of
some of those names from the
For God’s sake Sue of Renmark
(Text Line, 24/2/17), you must
be president of the precious
club. Of course the rubbish
dumpers don’t deserve an
apology and they are dumb
(leaving information about
themselves in their litter IS
Sue, what is wrong with you?
How can you defend such
inconsiderate people? How
would you like it if they dumped
their rubbish on your front yard?
Plus, leaving personal papers
etc. in it, well that’s just plain
Just looked at the Waikerie
Football League, sorry Riverland
Football League fixture for 2017
and noticed there is no Anzac
Day clash (grand final rematch)
scheduled. Maybe Waikerie
didn’t want it. This is an example
of what happens when so many
executive positions are filled by
Barry of Barmera doesn’t trust
Berri Barmera Council and nor
do I. We told them we won’t
want signs for the internment
camps and the 4x4 park, but
they won’t listen. They are
supposed to represent us. Why
won’t they work with us?
I suggest that Barry from
Barmera (who has sent
numerous texts recently) should
take a break from texting the
Murray Pioneer, hit the streets
in Barmera and enjoy the
improvements and maintenance
carried out by the Berri Barmera
Council. I eagerly await the list
of candidates for next year’s
council elections, including
Barry’s name, so that he can be
a part of the decision-making
process and appreciate just how
much work is done by the hard-
working members and staff. In
the meantime, may I ask: What
is actually your beef, Barry?
I feel it’s time the Berri Barmera
Council stopped developments
and started focusing more on
the ratepayers it already has.
In my opinion, some of the
councillors have forgotten that
they are there to act on our
behalf, and it’s not their private
How many people have lent
money to the Berri Club in
good faith (‘Crunch time for
Berri Club’, Pioneer, 24/2/17)?
Have they been paid yet? In my
opinion, management and the
board have put the club in this
I don’t think a club meeting
should be front page news
(‘Crunch time for Berri Club’,
Pioneer, 24/2/17). Pioneer
should know better.
I went for a short walk in Paringa
Paddock recently, only to get
very lost due to unclear signage.
Perhaps a review of the area is
100 per cent
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