Home' The Murray Pioneer : June 27th 2017 Contents 4 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I HAVE a question: Should a
person with no money in his
pocket be allowed to wander
a licensed Riverland venue
checking discarded gambling
tickets or credits on gambling
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A strong voice on
I HAVE been advocating inside
the Coalition Government Party
room for aggressive interven-
tion into the gas market to assist
in bringing down the price of
At an extraordinary meeting
on October 7, 2016, Coalition
of Australian Governments
(COAG) Energy Ministers
agreed to an independent review
of the national electricity market
to take stock of its current secu-
rity and reliability and to pro-
vide advice to governments on
a coordinated, national reform
The final report was delivered
on June 9 to COAG and the
Federal Government has since
been examining its recommen-
I have been a fierce and vocal
member of the Government
on this issue both publicly and
behind closed doors with cabinet
ministers and the backbench.
My main priority is that
Government reform in this space
needs to drive down price first
and foremost. The only way to
do that is to increase energy sup-
ply. That must come from base-
load sources, as baseload power
anchors our electricity system.
Gas is a big part of this equa-
tion and for a long time gas
companies have been exporting
a lot of what they extract from
Australian reserves. This needs
to be reformed.
There is a diminished supply
of gas on the domestic market
because companies are mak-
ing more money exporting it
offshore. If it’s extracted from
Australia then the first priority
should be for Australians on the
Last week in Canberra the
Prime Minister announced a
suite of measures to address the
issue which included finalising
tough new regulations in the gas
sector to give Australian custom-
ers priority access to gas supply
before it is exported. This meas-
ure will commence on July 1.
This is a fantastic start but
there is still work to do.
I’m not convinced that this
will go far enough to ensure
power prices are reduced
enough. I’m not sure it will have
a significant effect on price.
I want to see a more aggres-
sive policy implemented. Policy
mechanisms such as a gas
reserve for example. This would
quarantine supply that would
result in significantly lower
Renewables still have a role to
play in the mix, but the emphasis
cannot continue to be on wind
and solar alone.
The South Australian Labor
Government have proved that
their policy of 50 per cent
renewable energy target which
was focused so heavily on solar
and wind without appropriate
storage is a recipe for disaster.
I’m a big fan of renewable
wood waste for bioenergy. There
is a ready and available supply
of organic waste from forestry
and agriculture that could be
used to generate baseload renew-
For a long time other coun-
tries around the world have
been reducing their emissions
using biofuels from wood waste.
Australia exports large quanti-
ties of wood waste overseas for
other countries for use in co-
firing operations that contribute
towards lowering emissions
There is so much opportunity
for Australia domestically in this
space. This would bring massive
opportunities to the forestry sec-
Member for Barker
Meet your dog meat
AUSTRALIANS are entitled
to be angry and disgusted by
reports that tourists in Bali are
routinely being fed dog meat.
Dogs are not on the menu in
Australia, and the Bali dogs,
according to eye-witnesses,
suffer appallingly cruel deaths
before being eaten, often sold
falsely as chicken satays. Many
are poisoned, adding further risk
to the unwitting consumer.
But before demanding that
your satays come from another
animal, spare a thought for the
billions of chickens killed just
as inhumanely every year. These
chickens endure miserable lives
in filthy, overcrowded factory
farms and probably never see the
sun or take a breath of fresh air
until they are put onto trucks and
sent to slaughter.
Chickens are genetically bred
to grow so large and so fast that
their legs, lungs, and hearts often
can’t keep up – their upper bod-
ies grow six to seven times faster
than they would naturally. Many
of these animals suffer crippling
leg deformities, lung collapse,
and heart failure.
When the chickens are about
seven weeks old, still infants,
they are thrown into crates to be
loaded onto the transport trucks.
Many suffer from broken wings
After they are unloaded,
these chickens are hung, still
fully conscious, upside-down
by their often broken legs in
metal shackles before their heads
are passed through electrically
charged water that immobilizes
them but does not render them
Unless they have died from
stress and abuse before they’re
shackled, these animals are still
alive when their throats are slit,
and die slowly of blood loss.
They then enter the scalding-
water tank for feather removal.
Because many of them flap and
miss both the immobilisation
bath and the throat-cutting blade,
they are scalded to death.
The only safe way to ensure
you are not eating dog satays is
to request tasty, nutritious vegan
food. Each vegan saves more
than 100 animals a year, so not
only will you be looking after
your health, but that of hundreds
of other sentient animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of
THE statistics regarding mental
health in Australia are both star-
tling and unacceptable.
One in three Australians
will experience a mental health
issue in their lifetime. Suicide
is the biggest killer of young
Australians and accounts for the
deaths of more young people
than car accidents.
We need to acknowledge
those who are doing ground-
breaking work in this area.
The Australian Mental
Health Prize seeks to recognise
Australians who have made out-
standing contributions to either
the promotion of mental health
or the prevention and treatment
of mental illness in areas such as
advocacy, research or service.
I would like to encourage cli-
nicians, health professionals
and the public at large to nomi-
nate the people they feel should
be recognised for their work.
More information and nomi-
nation forms can be obtained
Entries close on August 31.
For those who are living with
the burden of mental illness
every day, thank you for your
Australian Mental Health Prize
Dear Arnold Jago (‘What is
this LGBTI community?’,
Pioneer, 23/6/17), I have a
few points to make. Firstly, let’s
acknowledge your expertise in
genetic science, of which you
are running for a Nobel Prize.
Secondly, you of course are not
a bully, right? Just a lost soul
in a world of change? The good
news is that God will forgive you
for any shortcomings.
I agree with Rob from Berri
(Text Line, 23/6/17) about the
“random, pointless 80km/h
speed restriction on the Sturt
Highway between Renmark and
Berri”. It would be different if
the vehicle was still blocking the
road, but come on. Four posts
down and everyone is doing
80km/h. Seems like revenue
raising to me.
With all that money for wages
(‘Cash cow-ncil’, Pioneer,
23/6/17), it would be good
to see the council employ
real locals from Renmark and
Paringa, or locals who have
done the study to get them back
into the area, not just ‘blow-ins’
here for a few years to update
their resume. Give the locals
more of a go.
How can I get one of these
Council employees in the
Riverland all work very hard, so
I can’t see the big problem with
the wage bill going up a little bit.
We can’t have council services
cut, people would not be happy
with that, would they?
There’s no way it was -2 at
Renmark on Thursday morning
(‘Our big freeze’, Pioneer,
23/6/17). Lucky to be zero. Get
your facts right, Pioneer.
ED: Thanks for the text Sue.
According to the Bureau of
Meteorology the minimum
temperature in Renmark on
Thursday morning was -2.4. .
So Jay and Tom and their
puppets are laughing like
hyenas in the media about the
new budget after they have
ripped us off for years. No doubt
they rely on this latest budget to
survive the next election. What
To the person in the silver wagon
with the two border collies, it’s a
dog par, so why do you insist on
giving me the bird?
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There is always plenty of
interesting local stories in the
Pioneer. Why don’t we get local
news on the ABC?
So the palms at the Barmera VIC
are going because of the power
lines. Yet they are planting
deciduous trees instead. Go
figure. Also coffee sales only
just stopped (‘Coffee sales
ceased at Barmera VIC’, Pioneer,
23/6/17), in contrast to what
was said in the letter in the
Pioneer on June 6.
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Dose Of Dorin
10 years ago June 26, 2007
FOUR THE SCORE: River Murray irriga-
tors will have access to 4 per cent of their
allocations from July 1, quadruple the figure
some feared would be made available.
River Murray Minister Karlene Maywald
said last week irrigators would have “at
least one per cent” to start the new water
year, but announced the new figure based on
an improved water resource outlook from
the Murray Darling Basin Commission.
Club vote poses
RUNNING a successful pub or club in
Australia is no easy gig, particularly in
the current environment, where rules,
regulations and requirements – not to
mention penalty rates – have never been a
The Berri Club’s recent struggles have
been well documented, and it’s a great
credit to its current board that the doors
Only recently fresh hope sprang from
a newly minted resolution to push on,
hopefully to bigger and better things in the
But clearly, the club’s substantial debt has
become a millstone around its neck.
It has unsecured debts of close to
$640,000 and even though it is meeting its
current financial commitments, every dollar
Hence the club’s request for the Berri
Barmera Council to waive its council rates
for a second successive year. If councillors
agree tonight, it will save the club around
The actual amount would mean little to
the council, given it operates a multi-million
dollar budget. It could easily absorb that
figure and carry on as usual.
However, that fact misses the point.
If council agrees to the request tonight, it
risks establishing a precedent that could be
If one establishment can skip their
council rates, why not another, as long as it
can prove it too is struggling financially?
In addition, it could be argued that all other
ratepayers are effectively footing the club’s
However, to further cloud the issue, it
could be argued that the community is better
for the club’s presence.
The club employs people, spends its own
money in the community, and is an extra
attraction for the town and the region.
Is it worth keeping for $10,000? Could
that $10,000 be the difference between
keeping the doors open and closing?
Councillors have much to consider before
casting their votes tonight.
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