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Court, not from her
I FAIL to see where Margaret
Court was “using the Bible to
peddle division and hate” (Ben,
Text Line, 30/5/17).
She was purely stating a fact
that marriage is between a man
and a woman, as quoted in the
Bible. Equally the Australian
Marriage Act states that “mar-
riage is the union of a man and
a woman to the exclusion of all
Mrs Court was also unequiv-
ocal in her interview: “I have
nothing against homosexual peo-
ple. They can lead their life, but
don’t just touch marriage”.
The only abhorrence or ‘hate’
(using your terminology) that
I saw was from Channel Ten’s
despicable The Project, who
tried unsuccessfully to intimi-
date and bully Mrs Court.
Why I quit the
THE Berri Town Beautification
Committee is made up of several
councillors and the mayor, as
well as general members of the
public and council staff.
It is a section 41 committee
which means it is governed by
the council and everybody on
the committee is bound by the
rules and regulations that apply,
including the code of conduct.
The idea of this committee is
purely an advisory role to the
council. The terms of reference
are to make suggestions that may
improve the overall aesthetics of
the area, in this case Berri.
The committee is there purely
to make recommendations as an
advisory to the council.
Due to family health issues
council as an elected member.
However, I had the time for a
few hours every second month
for the Berri Town Beautification
I was challenged to ‘put up
or shut up’. I have tried that and
found it unworkable.
I believe there are too many
hidden agendas on this commit-
tee, in fact I believe this commit-
tee acts like it is a mini council.
Rogue elements within the
group do as they please and I
consider there to be a lack of
respect for the chairperson.
This committee has been used
for public consultation even
though I believe it falls outside
the terms of reference.
I feel that managers direct the
Also, I believe that incom-
plete work has – in at least one
instance – been pre-paid for.
It is not a hands-on commit-
tee. For example, two people
showed up to a scheduled work-
Often, motions are passed but
not completed or followed up
Finally, behaviour at the
meetings at times leaves a lot
to be desired. I think committee
members are argumentative, dic-
tatorial, disrespectful, loud and
As a ‘newbie’ to the com-
mittee I was made to feel like I
The committee lacks town
pride, I believe.
Local legal service
AFTER nearly 20 years of the
Riverland Community Legal
Service’s support and advice to
the remote and rural community,
the South Australian Labor party
have undermined and are now
exterminating the only local
community legal service in the
Riverland and Mallee rural and
The South Australian
Government have clearly
demonstrated a zero priority to
rural and remote South Australia,
equal access to justice, equality
before the law, legal support and
representation for the underpriv-
ileged, consideration for rural
and remote regions and, as will
probably be the case, no regard
for an effective and functioning
court system in the Riverland.
For over 12 years I was
employed by the Riverland
Community Legal Service.
Lawyers employed at the
service advised and represented
thousands of disadvantaged peo-
ple in family law matters, such
as divorce, parenting orders and
property division, where debts of
the marriage loomed large.
The service also assisted
women who were victims of
domestic violence and in result-
ing intervention orders.
The service advised, repre-
sented and educated individuals
in neighbourhood disputes, peo-
ple starting up businesses, retail
and commercial leases, criminal
law, licence disqualifications,
traffic law, fencing disputes,
enduring power of attorney and
the then guardianships and med-
ical power of attorneys.
The service also assisted the
elderly in many areas, including
when they were being manipu-
lated and taken advantage of in
nursing homes and retirement
villages and were victims of
Employment law advice was
also provided, as well as reg-
ular and constant seminars to
numerous and varying members
of the community, including the
non-English speaking sectors of
the rural community.
All of these services are now
supposedly going to be met, or
at best attempted to be met, by
a service at Christies Beach,
nearly 300km away from Berri,
supposedly with the aid of tech-
To even contemplate that the
Riverland Community Legal
Services can be provided by an
office hundreds of kilometres
away is at best ambitious and at
The people and community
will be neglected, the courts will
be inundated with self-represent-
ed people having no advice and
no access to justice in both civil
and criminal matters, the elderly
will have to be able to access a
computer and Skype and many
areas of law and advice to the
community will clearly fall by
The Riverland and Mallee
community and its underpriv-
ileged individuals will have to
either pay significant costs for
legal assistance or wait in line
on the phone or computer or for
an outreach for a response some
Advices and support from a
service some 300km away will
arguably have little appreciation
of rural and remote needs and
be unable to respond in a timely
fashion when needed.
To say that the closure of the
Riverland Community Legal
Service is sad, inconceivable and
ludicrous does not come close or
even begin to address the conse-
quences resulting from the State
To blame the Federal
Government for the closure
due to federal funding reduc-
tion simply reinforces the State
Government’s inability to make
their own priorities and deci-
sions for the country region.
It also further reinforces and
demonstrates a blatant disrespect
and regard for the rural and
The South Australian
Government has never provid-
ed any funds for the Riverland
Community Legal Service for its
It is outrageous that as soon
as the State Government is given
full autonomy over federal funds
for legal services it destroys and
forces the closure of the only
free community legal service in
the Riverland. It shows total dis-
regard for the rural community.
Riverland Community Legal
BERRI Barmera councillor Andrew
Kassebaum is bang on the money.
The performance of the LGA of SA’s
president, Lorraine Rosenberg, has negatively
impacted the perception of councils state-
How could it not?
The mayor of the suddenly controversial
Onkaparinga City Council has displayed at
best extremely poor judgement on a number
of matters in recent months.
Most notoriously, she has overseen a
disastrous public relations exercise in trying
to conceal, then justify, ratepayers footing the
bill for her CEO’s golf club membership – at
a facility outside their council boundaries.
Similarly, she’s travelled interstate and
overseas at ratepayers’ expense for what
most sensible people would consider dubious
benefits, if any, for her council and the LGA.
Her reluctance to admit fault has only
cemented the perception – whether accurate
or otherwise – of a local government
employee both out of touch with ratepayers
(in her own council and beyond) and clueless
to the fact that spending other people’s
money in blasé fashion generates anger and
Unfortunately for all mayors, elected
members and councils, every one of Ms
Rosenberg’s gaffes makes their lives that little
Given she’s the head of the 68 councils’
representative body and speaks on their
behalf, it’s only natural some people might
lump all councils, efficient or not, in the same
Cr Kassebaum’s motion seemingly sprung
from nowhere, but clearly he is concerned
with what Ms Rosenberg’s presence in SA’s
top local government role is doing to the
image of other councils – including his own –
across the state.
His motion will be discussed at this
month’s Berri Barmera Council meeting.
The council now has a chance to send a clear
message to its local ratepayers and to its
fellow LGA members that it expects better.
Such a decision would be welcomed by
Berri Barmera residents and taken as further
confirmation that their local councillors
occupy their seats for the right reasons.
Meanwhile the SA Liberals will be hoping
Ms Rosenberg is still in the chair during the
2018 state election campaign.
The councils are preparing, en masse,
to mount a substantial battle against the
Opposition’s potentially popular rate-capping
Prime facie, the councils’ case might
appear a little flimsy, and with Ms Rosenberg
at the helm, the LGA’s credibility won’t be
rock solid either.
Hey Ben, of Renmark (Text Line,
30/5/17), who said “the word
is love”. You accuse Margaret
Court of “peddling division and
hate”. Presumably you define
division and hate as anyone who
disagrees with you (no evidence
to suggest otherwise). Be great
to see you showing love toward
people with a different opinion.
To Philip Benwell of the
Australian Monarchist League
(‘Monarchists warn local
republicans’, Pioneer, 30/5/17),
you say that the monarchy has
always supported indigenous
people. Do you smoke
something you should not? Tell
the thousands of Aboriginal
people that were butchered
in the name of your great
Reading Tuesday’s letter to the
editor headed ‘My dog should
not be put down’ reminded me
of when I was walking out to
Paringa recently. Along the walk
track there are bags supplied
so pet owners are able to pick
up their fur babies’ messes. So,
why did I feel like I was walking
in ‘dog poo alley’?
Federal Government diverting
funds meant for clean energy to
coal projects. How irresponsible
and backwards is that.
Rob from Berri (Text Line,
30/5/17), Nobes is probably
receiving in excess of $800 a
week, training maybe twice a
week. At SANFL level they train
a minimum three times a week,
plus gym, and get $500 a week.
Not hard to work out the reason.
Absolutely amazing to be at
the Cobby vs Ramco game
on Saturday to witness the
reconciliation celebrations. Well
done to the Cobby footy club for
leading the way for reconciliation
in the RFL.
It’s time for an upgrade for
the Renmark Square shopping
centre. The gardens are a
disgrace, especially seeing as
we’re known for our beautiful
gardens. Also, what about the
youth hall at Paringa? There’s
been no maintenance done on
that property for a long time.
It’s full of weeds. That needs
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