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want refugees here
JUDY Bamberger, please do not
assume that “most Australians
advocate bringing the Manus
Island and Nauru refugees
here. Now.” (‘I’m shamed and
embarrassed’, Pioneer, 17/2/17).
People like you and the
Greens, maybe yes, but not
We do not need people in
this country who do not use the
correct processes of coming here
by applying through the normal
These people have defied
these processes and the major-
ity of them are young, healthy
males, very few women and chil-
dren, as they leave these behind
in their war-torn countries to
fend for themselves.
I, for one, do not want them
here, as we have enough poverty
of our own here in Australia.
But apart from that, our country
is broke and these people come
here and are dependent on our
bulging welfare system.
There are huge refugee camps
with genuine people applying
and waiting for entry to our
country and these should be
granted refugee status first.
How about you offering to
house three or four of these in
your home in Canberra, and
have ‘most of your friends’ do
the same, hey?
It’s okay for you to be so
shamed and want to apologise
for our government’s actions,
but do not assume that most
Australians support your lopsid-
ed, unrealistic opinion.
I applaud the Federal
Government on its border pro-
tection policy. God help us all
if it changes through opinions
from people like you, who have
an opinion but do not want them
living next door to themselves.
Send them out to the rural
areas is what do-gooders like
NAME and ADDRESS supplied
The sad social
stigma of epilepsy
THROUGHOUT March, com-
munities around the world are
dedicated to raising awareness of
epilepsy, culminating in Purple
Day on March 26 (International
Epilepsy Awareness Day).
During this time, people wear
purple and hold events to raise
funds and awareness of the
condition that will affect more
than 800,000 Australians in their
lifetime, and 50 million people
worldwide. Sadly, due to social
stigma and misconceptions,
many people with epilepsy do
not disclose their condition and
live in fear of being ‘found out’.
This Purple Day, Epilepsy
Action Australia would like to
encourage communities to shine
a light on epilepsy by lighting
up purple a local landmark and
raising funds for community
education services to better the
lives of those affected.
Interventions by Epilepsy
Action Australia can help
increase understanding in our
communities, such as epilepsy
awareness sessions, seizure
first-aid training, and the Online
Academy, which offers several
courses about epilepsy for par-
ents, carers, schools and health-
I would encourage your com-
munity to support Purple Day
during March by simply making
a donation or getting involved
Please help shine a light on
epilepsy this Purple Day and put
your region on the map.
On behalf of all Australians
living with epilepsy, thank you
in advance to your readers for
supporting Epilepsy Action
Australia. Your support helps to
reduce isolation and ensure peo-
ple living with the condition are
able to live the best life possible.
Chief executive officer
Epilepsy Action Australia
2017 a terrible
THE New Scientist magazine
has warned that 2017 will be
a “terrible tipping point” for
In the last 90 years since the
identification of penicillin, hor-
rendous diseases such as tuber-
culosis, gonorrhoea, malaria
and urinary tract infections have
been controlled or in some cases
eradicated by medical science.
But in 2017, many more peo-
ple will begin dying from com-
mon bacterial infections.
By 2050, according to a UK
government report, antibiotic
resistant “superbugs” could kill
10 million people a year, more
than currently die of cancer.
The World Health
Organisation calls this a “global
health security threat”.
This is largely because more
antibiotics are consumed by
farmed animals than by humans,
partly to keep them from dying
in their cramped, faeces-filled
cages, crates, and sheds, but also
because for the last 60 years the
meat industries have been using
antibiotics as growth promoters.
As long as humans eat meat,
this threat will intensify. So will
the rates of heart disease, diabe-
tes, cancer, and other life-threat-
ening diseases as the choles-
terol and saturated fat in meat
and other animal-based foods
increases the risk of developing
The healthiest option is to
choose tasty vegan foods, which
are cholesterol-free, generally
low in fat and calories, and
which don’t naturally harbour
for small business
IN order to truly instil confi-
dence among small business
owners, all politicians must
embrace the proposed tax cut
for businesses with a turnover of
up to $10 million, allowing the
sector to grow and thrive well
into the future.
Confidence is everything in
small business; confidence leads
to growth, which in turn leads to
more jobs; more jobs for school
leavers, more jobs for working
parents, more jobs for older
However, we risk undermin-
ing this confidence when one
of the major parties continues
to argue against what would
undeniably be a vital stepping
stone for future expansion in the
Despite acknowledging their
importance to the overall health
of the economy, the federal
opposition continues to oppose
the flagged tax relief for small
The idea that the definition
of a small business should be
limited to those with a $2 mil-
lion turnover is quite frankly
outdated; there are many mum-
and-dad operated small busi-
nesses around the country that
are turning over well in excess
of that figure, but they are by no
means a ‘big’ business. And let’s
not forget, we’re talking about
‘turnover’ here, not profit.
Lowering the company tax
rate to 27.5 per cent for busi-
nesses with a turnover of up to
$10 million will achieve two
First and foremost, it creates
an opportunity for thousands of
small businesses to invest and
expand their enterprise. Second,
it sets out a challenge for the
sector to harness the possibilities
that are now in front of them,
and seize the chance to innovate
and employ, which benefits
Owning and operating a small
business can be hard – I should
know, I did it for many years. So
I speak from experience when
I say business owners won’t
pocket the savings from the tax
break, they will reinvest it; they
will spend it on new plant and
equipment or they will hire that
extra employee they so desper-
Latest figures show confi-
dence in the small business
sector is at its highest level since
2010 with more than four times
as many SMEs now feeling con-
fident compared with those who
Close to four million people
are employed by small business-
es in Australia.
Unlike large businesses, the
tax revenue generated by this
sector is on the rise, so their
importance should never be
underestimated, and their growth
shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Australian Small Business and
Family Enterprise Ombudsman
‘ARDUOUS’ doesn’t begin to describe the
journey for certain Berri Club members in
The club has lurched from one parlous
situation to the next, with the guillotine-like
prospect of permanent closure hanging over
its neck all the while.
For a long time now, it’s been a struggle
and that struggle became very public
when the club went into administration in
Creditors handed control back to
members three months later, but the doors
remained closed until August that year, after
an error by the administrators led to a delay
in reinstating a liquor licence.
Given the outrageous hourly fees
administrators typically charge, the
members group behind the club’s unlikely
resurrection had every right to be annoyed.
But these members – some with skin in
the game – pushed on.
A couple of years later the club
inadvertently found itself in conflict with
the Berri Barmera Council over recreational
vehicles (RVs) parking at the site. Looking
to diversify and hopefully boost its
revenue, the club was told it needed to seek
development approval in order to advertise
itself as an RV park.
Later that year members were forced
to confront the legalities or otherwise of
conducting an old-fashioned ‘burning of
the palms’, after heavy fronds fell from the
club’s trees and trapped several cars parked
along the Old Sturt Highway site.
Throughout the journey, keeping trade up
has been an ongoing challenge, as evidenced
by the calling of tomorrow’s special general
meeting, where lack of patronage will be
among the key topics of discussion, along
with potentially refinancing the business.
Making a buck in hospitality is difficult
at the best of times, let alone in South
Australia, where businesses have long
battled against an over-regulated system,
and now face the spectre of frightening, job-
killing power bills.
The Berri Club has battled other
challenges too, including concerns –
warranted or otherwise – over the conduct
of former employees.
All of which means tomorrow’s meeting
is critical to its future.
Businesses fail every day in free-market
economies like Australia, but if ever a
group needed and deserved a break, it’s the
resilient committee of the Berri Club.
Hopefully those who care will turn up,
put up, eat up and drink up.
Paringa Bridge is getting old,
and now there is front page
news about the safety of
Bookmark Bridge (‘New chapter
needed for Bookmark Bridge’,
Pioneer, 21/2/17). Time to
revisit Spring Cart Gully?
To ‘JH’ of Cobdogla (Text Line,
21/2/17) I have just read what
I texted last week again and am
unsure what you mean about
“misinformation”. My comments
were based on fact. I have
witnessed it on more than one
occasion. I would be interested
to know what you think I said
that is not fact.
I can’t see any “misinformation”
in Red T’s text.
I don’t think calling people
“dumb” on the front page, no
matter what they did, is a very
good thing to do (‘Dumb &
dumper’, Pioneer, 21/2/17).
They deserve an apology from
the Pioneer. Maybe it’s you who
is dumb, for putting those words
on the front page?
I don’t agree with spending a
heap of money on Bookmark
Bridge just because it suits
a few cyclists (‘New chapter
needed for Bookmark Bridge’,
Maybe everyone should boycott
all Coca-Cola products in this
state? Come on all you South
Aussies, stand up and be
The Berri Barmera Council
wants you to talk with them to
discuss things. I approached
a prominent councillor only to
be talked down upon. If that is
the attitude, why bother? It’s
also time they realised there is
more to Barmera than the damn
Visitor Information Centre.
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