The South Eastern Times : December 9th 2014
1 NEWS0 Cost cut protects jobs MP highlights manufacturing benefits from carbon tax repeal by the stars Week Commencing: Dec 8 ARIES March 21 - April 20 Your sense of loyalty wins you credit in the community. Your intuition is strong now, but avoid impulsive fi nancial moves. In romance, a subtle approach could lead to an improved relationship. TAURUS April 21 - May 22 Making the most of a dull situation could lead to a new awareness of your hidden talents. A relationship with a Sagittarius is currently highlighted. Your sense of timing is impressive. GEMINI May 23 - June 21 Relationships generally improve, thanks to your positive approach. Simplifi cation in general helps you reach a career goal on schedule. Off beat interests are highlighted. CANCER June 22 - July 22 Be sure not to make too many commitments for what looks like an already lively social week. A surprise gift may arrive after the weekend. A friend’s suggestion may merit consideration. LEO July 23 - August 22 In current projects, be sure to balance imagination with attention to the fi ner points. Your partner is more trusting than usual this week. The communications network may be blocked over the weekend. VIRGO August 23 - September 22 Taking the initiative may bring desired results, especially in areas of career and education. Last minute changes in plans may prove a blessing in disguise. LIBRA September 23 - October 22 Some tension with older relatives may be eased, thanks to eff orts of a new friend. Although your good ideas may not be accepted initially, hold on to them. SCORPIO October 23 - November 21 You and your partner seek similar goals though the methods may be quite opposite. A realistic approach to a fi nancial situation may help you out of a bind.. SAGITTARIUS November 22 - December 22 Compliments coming your way are more sincere than you at fi rst believed. This is generally a good week for improving your self esteem. Short distance travel is spotlighted on the weekend. CAPRICORN December 23 - January 20 This can be a highly productive period both personally and professionally. The key is to be willing to share the limelight. Attention to detail is critical, especially at your place of work. AQUARIUS January 21 - February 19 An overdue payment may arrive by the weekend. The time is right for expressing your feelings in a creative form. A lovesick friend may seek you out for advice. PISCES February 20 - March 20 An absentminded streak may surface this week so be sure to mark down all appointments. In romance, new tactics may bring positive results. Hobbies may include a profi t making angle. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK You are ever young, because you believe that life is an adventure and there are always things to be learned. You sometimes have trouble making a serious commitment - a diffi culty that needs addressing if you are to make serious fi nancial or career achievements. Look local fi rst for... • Invoice books • Promotional fl yers • Letterheads • Business cards Plus more! Millicent E: email@example.com P: 8733 3755 42 Davenport Street 10 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Small business bad debt debate Shark survival guide MOUNT Burr farmer and parliamentarian Mitch Williams has spoken out about bad debt incurred by his business several years ago. Since entering the House of Assembly in 1997, Mr Williams has often referred to his experiences of running a cropping and grazing property at Gran Gran. Mr Williams gave another personal example on the last parliamentary sitting day of 2014. He was debating amendments to legislation which aimed to support small business owners who experience bad debts. 651235 According to Mr Williams, bad debts were one of the most difficult things to manage when operating a small business. “I have experienced this very problem,” Mr Williams said. “Somebody comes along, picks up the goods in their truck and takes it off to their place of business, where they probably on-sell it and get the money for it, but they fail to pay their due for the goods they have taken possession of. “It is a very difficult thing to manage within a business. “I know that in the case I referred to in my own circumstance - and it was a substantial amount of money a few years ago - that came off the bottom line. “I can inform the House of Assembly that my banker was not very sympathetic. “My banker was very forthright in saying that I could not pass on the bad debt to him and that is the case for any other small business operator.” Speaking in general terms, Mr Williams lamented the prevalence of bad debts and said it was easier for big businesses to cope with them. “There is a whole range of people out there who seem to make an art form out of not paying their debts,” he said. “There is a whole range of people who think that it is okay to go out and obtain a service, whether it be from a tradesperson or on some sort of credit account or for a rental property and not pay their debt. “As a society, I think we have to recognise that somewhere somebody always pays. “Somebody has to pay and if the person who obtains the service does not pay, surely it must be the person who provides the service who has to pay. “This happens all too often and we see the statistics about the failure of start-up businesses in this state, which are incredibly high. “In many cases, those statistics reflect the problem of bad debtors.” A NEW guide on how to increase the survival rate of sharks and rays that are accidentally caught has been developed in recognition of the species’ important role in Australia’s ecosystems. Shark and Ray Handling Practices contains recommendations to minimise the damage to sharks and rays that are accidentally caught and brought on board fishing boats. The guide has been compiled by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Monash University and the shark fishing industry. “Ensuring there is a healthy supply of Australian seafood for current and future generations with minimal impact to the environment, including sharks, is the highest priority for AFMA,” the organisation’s CEO James Findlay said. “Improving handling practices can have a significant impact on the survival rate for sharks and rays that are released after accidental capture.” The guide helps fishermen make informed decisions on how long fishing gear should be in the water, the type of gear being used and handling practices to maximise the chance of captured animals surviving. It also includes information on the biol- ogy of commonly encountered species and current research into shark survivability. Go to afma.gov.au to download a copy of the guide. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au ON DISPLAY: Vehicle sales representative Darryl Hillier was pleased to be in Millicent last week for the annual OGR Drive Day.The Uniting Church car park was filled on Wednesday and Thursday with vehicles from the Mount Gambier dealership. Mr Hillier said customers appreciated the opportunity to examine and test-drive models from the Holden, Kia, Nissan and Mazda range. Your week THE removal of a federal tax has helped protect the Kimberly-Clark Australia Millicent Mill, according to Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams. Mr Williams claimed the imposition of a carbon tax by the previous Federal Labor Government adversely impacted on manufacturing operations across the state. “One of the things that came to my attention a few years ago, which threatened all of those manufacturing operations, was the imposition of a carbon tax in this country,” Mr Williams told the House of Assembly. “As the shadow minister for energy at the time, it became evident there was a very serious threat posed to those businesses by the imposition of a carbon tax in this country. “Much of the debate at the time of developing that tax was around how we might secure the ongoing operations of those specific manufacturers, in spite of the imposition of a carbon tax. “I am delighted to be able to stand here in this place today and say that threat no longer overhangs those manufacturing operations in South Australia or indeed in many other parts of this nation.” Mr Williams was speaking in support of a motion of congratulation for the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the smelter at Port Pirie.
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