Home' The Murray Pioneer : June 9th 2017 Contents A sole council CEO
would save money
WITH the District Council
of Loxton Waikerie chief
executive’s annual salary
package reportedly being around
$214,000, is he overpaid?
In South Australia, there are
about 74 city and council dis-
The Premier receives an annu-
al remuneration of approximate-
Does this highlight the need
to create a ‘super’ council
comprising Berri Barmera,
Loxton Waikerie, Mid Murray,
and Renmark Paringa, so as to
reduce the ever-expanding mana-
gerial costs paid by ratepayers?
doesn’t stack up
BEN of Renmark (Murray
Pioneer) your text on May 30
was uncompromising in stating
Margaret Court was using the
Bible to peddle hate and division
on same-sex marriage.
In Tuesday’s text you quote
gay people as being human
beings, God’s children and fan-
I doubt whether any individ-
ual would disagree with your
emotive and compassionate
observation, nevertheless you
have tilted your perspective to
emphasise issues that you feel
best suit your argument.
Like you and I, Margaret
Court is entitled to be heard and
express her opinion, similar to
the continual bombardment of
those propagandists including
large corporate organisations
supporting same-sex marriage
who are fortunate in having the
The irony is the panel on
The Project were doing exactly
what most are trying to prevent
happening in society: they tried
to bully and intimidate Mrs
Court because of her belief in
Christianity in holding a differ-
ent view to them.
One needs to be mindful that
there are also Christians and
non-believers alike who may or
may not support same-sex mar-
riage, and the same applies to
Prior to the last federal elec-
tion, it was clearly spelt out to
the electorate for impartiality
sake, the people’s voice should
be heard in the form of a plebi-
It was one of the recalcitrant
Channel Ten panel members that
quoted that 62 to 64 per cent of
voters are supportive of same-
sex marriage (this figure is ban-
died around frequently).
One must then ask the ques-
tion: Why did the opposing
political forces not support a
people’s vote and prevent this
issue from going on infinitum?
The issue is now so conten-
tious the people’s choice and
not that of politicians can be the
only equitable solution.
Sound reasons for
palms to stay
I WRITE in regards to the
removal of palm trees in
The chairman of Barmera
Central (who is also a Berri
Barmera councillor) needs to
look hard at public demand, not
just what he or Barmera Central
Ever since the outcry on
Facebook with the pictures post-
ed of what the palms could look
like if trimmed right back to the
trunk, the general consensus is to
leave them be.
I believe this all may be get-
ting a bit blurred.
Has Barmera Central been
directed three times from council
that the palm trees are to stay?
The motion to remove them was
Yes, you stated that there is a
likelihood they will lift the con-
crete, but in what lifetime will
Look at the root ball on page
7 of the Murray Pioneer accom-
panying the story headed ‘Local
grower’s dates palmed off to
I found the root ball to be very
confined, but dense and shallow.
I have previous experience
of removing palms from an
unwanted location, also beside
concrete as well and in a closer
location than those at Barmera
As an experienced and
licensed backhoe operator with
many years’ experience, in my
opinion more damage was done
digging these up.
Yes, you will most likely get
them chomped. I along with
many others see nothing wrong
with the existing building or
amenities that are there. I have
used them myself on many occa-
I have spoken to a very
reliable elderly gentleman of
Barmera who has been there all
his entire life.
I believe those palms were
planted by the Barmera War
Memorial as a memorial in the
memorial gardens to the returned
If in fact this may not be true
I challenge Barmera Central to
prove they are not a memorial to
returned soldiers, as the rest of
the garden is.
I would like to see proof in
writing in the Pioneer for every-
It is not rocket science: listen
to the residents. The land in
question belongs to the council
Not too late to stop
FOR more than 120 years the
Australian Labor Party has
fought to ensure a fair deal for
all workers, and now, thanks
to Malcolm Turnbull and the
Liberal Government, Australian
workers need our representation
more than ever.
From July 1 workers
employed in retail, pharmacy,
fast-food and accommodation
businesses will see changes to
their awards that will cut their
penalty rates by up to 25 per-
More than 11,500 workers in
Barker, or one in six workers,
stand to lose as much as $77 per
week out of their pay packet.
This latest pay cut is bad for
the Riverland economy, and
small and locally owned busi-
nesses, as these workers will
now have less money to spend
at local shops, restaurants and
The community is also set
to lose at least $6.7 million per
year as non-locally owned busi-
nesses shift the savings out of
the local economy to elsewhere.
And don’t expect to see
new jobs created as a result of
reduced labour costs.
Some employers at the Fair
Work Commission hearing
admitted it was unlikely they
would put on additional staff if
penalty rates were cut.
Also, the proposed changes to
Sunday penalty rates dispropor-
tionately impact full-time and
part-time workers, encouraging
a shift towards casual employ-
Labor’s Fair Work
Amendment (Protecting Take
Home Pay) Bill 2017 would
stop the penalty rates cut from
taking effect and ensure penalty
rates cannot be cut in future if it
results in a reduction in workers’
With the Federal Government
only holding a one-seat majority,
we can stop penalty rates being
cut if Tony Pasin crossed the
floor to vote with Labor and the
Tony Pasin must tell us today
if he will stand up for Barker,
or stand by as our local workers
and economy suffer.
I encourage your readers to
tell Tony Pasin that our work-
ers must not be penalised for
working on weekends and
public holidays by signing
the petition found at www.
and calling on the Liberal Party
to reverse their position and stop
the cuts to penalty rates.
SA Labor Senator
WHAT a tragic few weeks Loxton has
endured, culminating sadly in the untimely
passing of a lovely, selfless young lady,
who it turns out was as brave as she was
The latest London Bridge atrocity
happened just two weeks after 22 people
were murdered at a concert in Manchester,
and is merely the latest in a string of similar
incidents besetting Europe in recent months
A benefit concert for the Manchester
victims was still being organised when the
London Bridge attacks occurred.
The concert was titled One Love, and
followed the now predictable post-terror
attack script of espousing a ‘love beats hate’
mantra and calling for ‘unity’ in such times
The concert had plenty of touchy-feely
moments, songs about how love and
acceptance will eventually conquer all, and
young people showing their ‘defiance’ by
attending the event.
Victims of the attacks, plus their loved
ones, indeed need all the empathy, support
and love we can muster during their grief,
as the wonderfully caring people of Loxton
and the Riverland are currently providing.
But love and acceptance as weapons to
defeat genuinely evil terrorists? It’s clearly
not working, and it’s never going to work.
Instead, we should hate.
We should hate that innocent people,
like Kirsty Boden, were caught up in the
selfish, wicked actions of these murderous
terrorists, taken in the name of a religion.
We should hate that Western politicians
are afraid to talk directly about what’s
behind this immoral phenomenon.
We should hate that their inaction,
motivated at least partly by political
correctness, has seen this insidious pattern
of behaviour become ‘the norm’.
We should hate that anyone who dares
speak up in anger is immediately given
a negative label, like bigot, racist, or
some kind of ‘phobe’, and their opinion –
reasoned or otherwise – discarded by Those
Who Know Better and their determination
to deliberately blur the debate.
We should hate that our way of life is
being forever changed.
So, ‘live your life as normal and don’t let
them win’ and ‘love will always beat hate’?
Just empty platitudes that provide cold
comfort for families of the victims, and little
hope for the rest of us.
Ben of Renmark (Text Line,
6/6/17), I hate to shoot you
down in flames, but the first few
words of your text are actually
wrong. At the moment, in
Australia, marriage actually is
between a man and a woman.
That’s the law. If you’re going
to try to argue these things, you
need to stick to the facts.
From letters to the editor and
Text Line in Murray Pioneer
(6/6/17) it appears the division,
bullying, selfishness and lack of
control is still affecting the ability
of the Berri Barmera Council to
operate in a manner expected by
We are at war. No, not in Syria
or Iraq or Afghanistan. We are
at war in our own country. It’s
the so-called jihadists. I say
that to fight them requires more
severe measures, like locking
up anyone who the police have
concerns with. Like war, it
requires extreme measures. Ask
and give our security forces the
tools they need.
Would be nice when Renmark’s
op shop reopens (‘Risen from
the ashes’, Pioneer, 6/6/17)
that clothes were sorted by size
on the rack with matching coat
hangers. I do not need to look
through every article on the rack
trying to find my size.
Question for Senator Bernardi:
How many years are left in his
current term? If it is longer than
three years, how can he serve a
full term when he has deserted
the party that got him elected?
It seems that Flossy, no hang on,
Tossy (whatever his title is) from
Alberton (Text Line, 6/6/17) has
increased the aggressiveness of
his texts since he left the area.
“Expensive ducted air-
conditioning systems that go
into ‘defrost’ mode when it gets
too cold (which is exactly when
you need them), what’s up with
that?”, Seinfeld might ask.
Love? Let’s try
The Murray Pioneer Pty Ltd (ACN 007 871 007)
78 Ral Ral Avenue, Renmark 5341,
PO 832 Renmark 5341
Phone: 8586 8000 Fax: 8586 4333
Editor: Paul Mitchell
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
PO Box 832, Renmark, SA, 5341
(08) 8586 8000
0448 629 186
All letters must carry the full name of the writer. We
do not accept nom de plumes. An address and phone
number must be included for checking purposes.
The editor reserves the right to edit all letters.
4 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, June 9, 2017
0448 629 186 TEXT LINE
Links Archive June 6th 2017 June 14th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page