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I MUST disagree with Sara
Strachan’s comments in relation
to the “lack of arts and cultural
activities and events in the
Riverland” (‘Population drops
302 last year and 2256 over the
past decade’, Murray Pioneer,
While we cannot hope to
compete with the diverse range
that is available in the capital
cities, in my opinion we punch
well above our weight in terms
of culture and arts.
The Chaffey Theatre for
example has a varied program
of live shows and films, we have
the Riverland Youth Theatre
(as Sara well knows being an
ex-board member), which puts
on a wide range of artistic activ-
ities each year, the Riverland
Musical Society that puts on
quality shows each year (with
Wicked being presented in July),
and Young RMS, who will per-
form The Wizard of Oz on the
weekend after Easter.
We have numerous choirs,
bands, talented musicians and
We have many gifted artists,
writers, quilters, and let us
not forget Aboriginal arts and
culture, and so the list goes on.
Events include Berri’s Easter
Carnival, Loxton’s Mardi
Gras not to mention Christmas
parades in many towns.
We have a number of talented
chefs in the Riverland and many
very good places to eat and
To paint the Riverland as a
cultural and artistic desert as
Sara has is doing our region a
finish line arrives
MY horse Cruze and I have been
dressing up and fundraising for
a special Renmark family since
Thank you to the individuals
and businesses who donated to
this and also to my friends who
I managed to raise $1411 and
of course Sandra and Paul were
overwhelmed and very happy
with the generosity.
All the best Sandra and Paul.
Now you know so many people
are right behind you.
AFL on Good Friday
is just a shame
SOMETHING new in 2017 is
AFL football on Good Friday, the
holiest day of the Christian year.
Because it’s another case of the
Christian faith being desecrated?
Not just that – Christians can get
used to that.
But for everybody it’s a worry
that with so many dilemmas in
today’s world – such as violence,
poverty, sexual deviations, dis-
integrating families, freedom of
speech threats, sacredness-of-life
issues, issues with an ethical/
moral/spiritual basis – we never
seem to find time to think about
We don’t help ourselves by
frittering away with endless
sporting extravaganzas all days
traditionally set aside to reflect
A missed opportunity.
Nichols Point, Victoria
are we living in?
THE latest report from
Agriculture Victoria states that
over one million animals, includ-
ing koalas, monkeys and horses,
were used in testing laboratories
in 2015, including 84 marmosets
and 98 macaques, 29,000 rats,
guinea pigs and rabbits and over
More than 1300 animals are
killed every day in lab tests;
victims included 30 koalas, 132
dogs, 72 cats, 3929 guinea pigs
and 10 monkeys.
No state or territory is exempt
from this carnage: in 2014, NSW
used almost 3 million, Western
Australia 1.1 million and
Queensland 1.2 million animals.
The self-regulated Australian
code of practice for the care and
use of animals for scientific pur-
poses offers very little protection
for animals in laboratories.
It allows researchers to delib-
erately induce biological stress,
catch and kill protected wild
fauna and inflict pain and dis-
tress through injury, trauma and
These experiments are cruel,
expensive, and generally inap-
plicable to humans – the world’s
most forward-thinking scientists
have moved on to develop and
use methods for studying dis-
eases and testing products that
replace animals and are actually
relevant to human health.
These modern methods
include sophisticated tests using
human cells and tissues (also
known as in vitro methods),
techniques (often referred to as
in silico models), and studies
with human volunteers.
For example, Harvard’s Wyss
Institute has created ‘organs-
on-chips’ that contain human
cells grown in a state-of-the-art
system to mimic the structure
and function of human organs
and organ systems. The chips
can be used instead of animals
in disease research, drug testing,
and toxicity testing and have
been shown to replicate human
physiology, diseases, and drug
responses more accurately than
crude animal experiments do.
Other strategies include phys-
ico-chemical methods and tech-
niques utilising tissue culture,
microbiological system, stem
cells, DNA chips, micro fluid-
ics, computer analysis models,
epidemiological surveys and
plant-tissue based materials.
Future generations will be
horrified to learn of the horrors
inflicted in these laboratories of
It’s time to move into the 21st
century and ban these fortified
houses of horror.
People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) Australia
THIS week’s Federal Court
decision to impose a $590,800
penalty on the CFMEU and
its officials reinforces the
importance of the Turnbull
Government’s key policy to
re-establish the Australian
Building and Construction
Commission to restore law and
order on our building sites.
This substantial penalty is yet
another demonstration of the
CFMEU’s complete contempt
for Australian workplace laws.
The CFMEU’s co-ordinated
campaign of unlawful action
targeted nine job sites in
Melbourne and Geelong,
including critical infrastructure
projects such as hospitals and
aged care facilities.
Illegal industrial action
by militant unions damages
Australia’s international com-
petitiveness, deters investment,
damages job creation and impos-
es an unnecessary additional cost
Since 2007 the CFMEU has
been fined $9.2 million by vari-
ous courts. Today there are still
100 CFMEU officials before the
courts facing a total of 993 sus-
pected contraventions of the law.
Under Bill Shorten, Labor has
accepted over $3 million from
the CFMEU. This is the price the
union pays for the Labor Party to
turn a blind eye to their rampant
lawlessness. This is also the price
the CFMEU pays to purchase Mr
Shorten’s policy to abolish the
ABCC and allow the CFMEU to
continue to break the law.
It has become completely
untenable for the Labor Party
to continue to receive millions
of dollars in donations from
Australia’s most corrupt union
an organisation that has repeat-
edly demonstrated no intention
of obeying Australian law.
SENATOR MICHAELIA CASH
Minister for Employment
THE majority paying for the sins of the few.
It’s a well-worn theme, but it’s being
revisited twice at the moment.
Locally, we’re into our first year of Easter
camping under new booking conditions that
require people to go online to secure their
favourite spots across the Riverland.
Many would argue it’s simpler than the
method it replaced, which was a hands-on
honour system that meant campers often
neglected to pay for their stay.
Fees will be collected more efficiently
and certainly more thoroughly.
However, those who were doing the
right thing under the old system might
feel somewhat aggrieved at the change,
particularly if they don’t fancy having to use
Hopefully conflicts are avoided during
this initial teething period, but as Murray
Pioneer cartoonist Tony Hersey points
out opposite, chances of an awkward
confrontation or two appear high.
Remember, those who booked a spot are
doing the right thing, as were those who
used the old system correctly.
Which brings us to the handful of
idiots who did their best to spoil a high-
profile game of Australian rules football at
Adelaide Oval last weekend.
Alleged racist slurs and the bad – and
aggressive – behaviour of a small number of
spectators at Showdown 42 have dominated
state news this week, reaching excessive
proportions in yesterday’s Advertiser, which
covered the issue across no less than six pages.
No sensible person condones racial
vilification, including 99.9 per cent of the
crowd at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
But unfortunately, in some quarters at
least, the entire state has been unfairly and
inaccurately tarred with the same brush.
Undoubtedly the fight against racism
has taken time to reach all quarters of the
community – but anyone still clueless is
likely to remain that way.
Schooling everyone for a whole week
on something the vast majority know
right and wrong on seems a tad laborious,
compared to just dealing with the offenders
appropriately and moving on.
Ha! So, our population has
dropped by 2000 people (‘Going
down’, Pioneer, 11/4/17),
but what’s happened at our
councils? Well, that’s about 8
per cent of our population, but
do you seriously think councils
are employing 8 per cent less
staff? No way. Seem to be more
staff at councils, not less staff.
Has the number of local
increased or decreased over the
past 10 years, the editorial asks
(‘Significant shrinkage’, Pioneer,
11/4/17). Don’t make me laugh.
I refer to the Pioneer headline
‘Significant shrinkage’. I enjoyed
the Seinfeld reference. “It
shrinks?”. “Like a frightened
Why won’t SA Police just say
what its plans are for Berri
(‘SAPOL confirms Berri reno,
but not much else’, Pioneer,
11/4/17)? The local community
has a right to know, doesn’t it?
I thought Jon Snow was a fast
bowler for England (‘We all know
nothing, like Jon Snow’, Pioneer,
I’m glad the Pioneer finally
named the former Renmark
Paringa Council employee who
pleaded guilty to theft charges
from the Karoonda East Murray
Council recently (‘Ex-council
employee pleads guilty to theft
charge’, Pioneer, 11/4/17). He
has also pleaded guilty to theft
from a football club too.
Sue from Renmark, didn’t you
once say that calling people
dumb was never a good thing
to do? (Text Line 24/2/17).
Calling the Pioneer’s editorial
dumb seems a bit hypocritical if
you ask me (Text line 7/4/17).
Everyone is entitled to their own
opinions, but maybe you should
think before you text.
Crushing cars, what stupidity
(‘Car crushings send a message
to bad drivers’, Pioneer,
11/4/17). Why not just seize
the car, sell it, and send the
proceeds to charity, or a fund for
victims of car accidents?
Paying for the
sins of the few
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10 years ago April 13, 2007
RUNNING LOW: The sight of the River
Murray, just below Lock 7, shocked Monash
man Clive Baxter over the Easter weekend.
“We’ve been going up there for the past 20
years (and) it may have been low before, but
I’ve never seen it like that,” Mr Baxter said.
“Normally there would be a flow over the
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