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of the Coral Sea
YESTERDAY, May 4 we com-
memorated the 75th anniversary
of the Battle of the Coral Sea,
which has been called “the battle
that saved Australia”.
It was fought in waters north
east of Queensland, between the
Solomon Islands and the east-
ern tip of New Guinea between
May 4 and May 8, 1942, when
Australian and American ships
halted the Japanese invasion of
Papua New Guinea.
No Australians were killed
in the battle although almost
550 Americans were killed or
wounded and the aircraft carrier
USS Lexington sunk.
The battle strengthened the
strong bond between Australia
and the USA.
To honour that bond, the
Federal Government has
approved $25,000 to support a
dinner held on the USS Intrepid
on May 4, with all money raised
used to create an American-
Australian Veterans’ Scholarship
Fund for disabled veterans to
pursue undergraduate or post-
graduate study and to support
directional scholarship grants
between our two nations.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
My family fell in love
with the Riverland
I WOULD like to take the
opportunity to say thank you to
the Renmark people and all of
the Riverland community that
have been a major part of both
my and my family’s life over the
last 25 years.
My wife Jo, and I came to the
Riverland at the end of 1991.
We were ‘city slickers’ with the
thought of being in the country
for a year or two to gain some
experience as newly graduated
We quickly fell in love with
the community here, the life-
style and most importantly, the
all-embracing people of the
We have had great fun with
work and raising a family here.
In fact, we couldn’t think of a
better place for our young chil-
dren to have had their formative
years in life.
As time has passed our chil-
dren grew up and opportunities
in Adelaide for them with their
sporting passions and higher
education beckoned. This had
led to our decision to move Jo
and our children to Adelaide.
I have continued with travel
back to Adelaide weekly for the
majority of the last four years.
So, this week is the last week
that I will be here and while
being back with my family full
time will be wonderful, I do
leave Renmark with much sad-
To all my friends, acquaint-
ances, patients and colleagues,
I thank you from the bottom of
my heart for making my and my
family’s time here so special,
rewarding and fun.
Renmark will always have
a special place in our hearts
and we look forward to holiday
times back here where we can
visit and enjoy the true beauty of
A special mention of thanks
to Craig and Lynny Leuders who
have over the last nearly three
years allowed me to live with
them and their family. I will be
forever grateful to them for this
Kind regards to everyone in
Renmark and the Riverland and
thank you again.
BILL Shorten, the Labor Party
and their union masters have
proved time and time again they
are willing to do anything, say
anything and stand next to any-
one in order to scare Australians
about changes to Sunday penalty
Labor lie #1 – Workers in
other industries will be affected
Labor frontbencher Brendan
O’Connor has again deliberately
misled the Australian people
by saying that workers in other
industries could have their pen-
alty rates impacted by the Fair
Work Commission’s decision.
This is yet another Labor
lie. Bill Shorten and Labor will
do and say anything to further
their political agenda including
instilling fear into the Australian
The Fair Work Commission
clearly stated that its decision
only applies to the retail and
hospitality industries, and would
not extend to any other indus-
tries or awards.
The Commission stated:
“Given the distinguishing char-
acteristics of the Hospitality
and Retail sectors, the decisions
we have made in respect of the
Hospitality and Retail Awards
provide no warrant for the var-
iation of penalty rates in other
Labor lie #2 – Trent the bogus
Bill Shorten’s lack of credibil-
ity was exposed at the first hur-
dle when he infamously stood
next to Trent the bogus ‘battler’.
Despite saying he was
“gutted” by the Fair Work
Commission’s decision, Trent
was promptly exposed as an
ALP apparatchik, a delegate of
the Shop, Distributive and Allied
Employees Association and a
Coles employee who was com-
pletely unaffected by changes to
Sunday penalty rates.
Labor lie #3 – Women will be
Labor’s assertion that women
would be disproportionate-
ly affected was thoroughly
discredited by the Fair Work
Commission in its decision.
Furthermore, the Commission
expressly considered whether
reducing Sunday penalty rates
for hospitality and retail workers
would impact on the gender pay
gap. It noted the evidence did
not support this.
The Labor Party and the union
movement cannot be trusted on
anything they say in relation to
Sunday penalty rates.
Bill Shorten will stand con-
demned for his lies, hypocrisy
and for preying on the fears of
SENATOR MICHAELIA CASH
Minister for Employment
EMMANUEL Macron is favour-
ite to become France’s president
on May 7.
The election has been
described as a choice between
Le Pen and ‘Le Pawn’.
Pawn of what?
Macron’s background is in
banking. Big banking. Macron’s
employer from 2008 to 2012 was
Predictably, he’s a supporter
of the EU, open borders and the
socialist status quo.
In 2007, Macron married a
woman who, 20 odd years previ-
ously, was his (married) school
teacher – older than Macron by
You’d think the last thing a
country like France needs is
mass immigration and triviali-
sation of traditional family and
Secure borders and respect for
traditional marriage are among
the main points of Macron’s
rival, Marine Le Pen.
Interestingly, Le Pen’s atti-
tudes to immigration are very
similar to those expressed in
the catechism of the Catholic
Nichols Point, Victoria
Thanks to our
SUNDAY marked the end of
fire danger season in South
Thankfully, unlike last year,
there were no severe bushfire
incidents in South Australia,
however the Country Fire
Service (CFS) volunteers still
attended over 6000 incidents
during the season.
I would like to take the oppor-
tunity to record my thanks to
our hard-working, dedicated
CFS volunteers who serve our
community with distinction and
ensure our continued safety.
While the fire danger sea-
son is now over please remain
cautious and exercise common
sense with any planned burning
activity. Be sure to review your
fire safety plan in the lead up to
the next fire danger season.
Let’s keep working together to
ensure we mitigate the bushfire
risk our communities face.
Member for Barker
THIS week education funding has gained
a lot of attention, particularly with the
Turnbull Government making two significant
First on Monday the Federal Government
announced it would cut $2.8 million from higher
education and lower the threshold for graduates
to pay back their student loans from $55,000 to
Many universities, education unions and
student groups are angry, and have spent recent
days protesting how – under the looming federal
budget – more young people will be spending
their adult life paying off debt.
But Australian university graduates are lucky
they have the opportunity to study at university
without paying fees up front.
Counterparts across the pond in the United
States, who pay up to 5 per cent interest
on student loans, would be envious of the
Australian system, with university loans only
increasing due to the Consumer Price Index.
Education costs money. If students fail to
pay their student loans then the taxpayer ends
up footing the bill, as evidenced by Australia
carrying a massive $50.3 billion in unpaid HELP
funds, a large percentage of which is all but
The Government’s proposed increase for a
three-year arts degree is just $700. For nursing
it is $1250. An entry-level nurse in South
Australia is paid $51,000 on average, so is it
that unreasonable to expect them to pay an extra
$1250 for a four-year degree? The taxpayer is
still paying almost half of university students’
The second announcement the Federal
Government made this week came less than 24
hours after the seemingly unpopular changes to
higher education funding.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced
that $19 billion would be pumped into the
education sector over the next 10 years and
David Gonski would undertake another report
into funding for schools. It was quickly dubbed
Gonski 2.0 and cynics suggested having that
tie-in would prevent Labor ‘playing the Gonski
card’ during the next election campaign.
Indeed, Labor was quickly up in arms about
the announcement, with Opposition leader Bill
Shorten tweeting that students were $22 billion
worse off under the Turnbull Government.
That may or may not be true (visiting Labor
Senator Don Farrell says it is), but either way, is
investing more money always a failsafe fix?
For the past four years the Coalition has
honoured Labor’s Gonski funding, yet the
nation’s students are failing to live up to the
standard expected on an international level.
The Program for International Student
Assessment results released late last year
revealed that the national proficient standard for
reading was achieved by 61 per cent of 15-year-
olds, down from 66 per cent in 2006.
To make matters worse, both sides of
government continue to argue and undertake
reviews, while failing to make any real changes.
All these reviews, more money pumped into
schools, yet our students are failing to make
the grade. It proves, once again, that throwing
money blindly at education is no guarantee of
success, or even improvement.
I’m with you, BJ of Cobdogla
(Text Line, 2/5/17). I followed
a driver the other day doing
65km/h and it was a new car,
not an old Vanguard.
Seems like all Waikerie people
worry about is having new
committees or complaining
about their council (‘Waikerie
delivers new committee’,
I like the idea of U3A
(‘Riverland’s U3A celebrated’,
Pioneer, 2/5/17). Why shouldn’t
the older generation gather
for activities like that? I think
it’s sad how much ageism is
creeping into modern Australia.
Try putting in for a job if you’re
over 50. You don’t get a look in.
LOL. Karma has arrived. Wonder
where are all the Hawks’
supporters in the Riverland? I
still recall them reminding me
how bad Port were. Now I’m just
sending a little reminder back.
I respect Les Pearson’s right to
have his say, and he makes a
good point about the “perfect
storm” that hit Berri Football
Club this year (‘Utmost respect
for Berri Football Club’, Pioneer,
2/5/17). I also think Les
could’ve said that, despite
what the Berri Football Club
committee said in the paper, the
Pioneer did have Anzac Day on
the front of the April 25 paper.
The one I bought did at least.
Excellent footy coverage in
Tuesday’s Murray Pioneer. We
had the normal match reports,
including one from Graham
Charlton, a round-up of the lower
grades (‘Around the Grades’),
and information about the Berri
Football Club. Keep up the good
I think – despite what I heard on
local radio – that the standard
of food served in the Riverland
is excellent. My partner and I
have had many meals that stand
up to and surpass Adelaide
standards. And having two
public servants talking about
the difficulties of running a small
to be Gone-ski?
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