The South Eastern Times : June 11th 2015
2 OpINION FROM post-war European migration to our ever-growing Burmese population, the South East has long been enriched by the presence of people from all over the world. Since Italian mass migration in the early ‘50s, a large majority of Italian Australians were employed in traditionally blue-collar occupations and worked long hours to provide for their family. While proud to call Australia home, many migrants viewed maintaining their link with ‘il bel paese’ as important for their sense of identity OUR VIEW and well-being. However, in less than three generations, Italian Australians have assimilated at a rate so rapidly and so well into the Australian way of life it can be hard to recognise Italian heritage. Wattle Range Council’s recent acquisition of the Millicent Italian Social Club stands to be a positive step towards the path of a continued and even renewed celebration of multiculturalism. It is envisioned the club will take on a new role as a multicultural hub, where people can get together to share and learn in a safe and supportive environment. While individual skill development is essential within any society, the importance of community capacity building cannot be overlooked. Without a greater understanding of ethnic history, individual groups are TALKING TO THE TIMES How do you cope with the chilly mornings in Millicent? 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It should be stated for what it is - “the great state of Adelaide and country South Australia”. People in the South East did not realise how clever Premier Jay Weatherill and his then treasurer Jack Snelling were when they sold off the South Eastern pine forests for 100 years given their business and financial acumen for $650m. (Not their true value as confirmed by independent assessors). The State Government was receiving $40m per year in royalties from the Woods and Forest Department, in 16 years the $650m is gone and for the next 84 years they receive “what Paddy shot at”. At the time of the sale the SA budget was $1b in the red - the highest of all the mainland states. INDEX 50 YEArS AgO ...........................................8 TV gUIDE .......................................................14 pUzzLES ........................................................17 CLASSIfIEDS ............................................18 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 11 3:06am 0.7 12:52pm 1.0 10:55pm 0.7 Friday 12 12:42am 0.7 3:41am 0.7 12:45pm 1.0 Thursday Max 15°C Min 3°C Mostly sunny Chance of Rain - 0% 0mm UV: Low Friday Max 15°C Min 4°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Low Saturday Max 17°C Min 7°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Low Sunday Max 17°C Min 9°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 15% 1-5mm Monday Max 16°C Min 8°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 25% 1-5mm District: Thursday Sunny. Areas of morning frost. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between zero and 3 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Friday Partly cloudy. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 4 with daytime temperatures reaching around 16. Saturday Cloudy. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Coastal: Thursday Winds Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Friday Winds East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly around 10 knots during the morning. Seas Below 1 metre. Swell Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 11, 2015 Saturday 13 3:56am 0.7 10:22am 1.1 6:47pm 0.7 9:11pm 0.7 Sunday 14 1:36am 0.6 11:01am 1.2 7:28pm 0.6 10:17pm 0.7 ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 11 3:18am 0.7 1:04pm 1.0 11:07pm 0.7 Friday 12 12:54am 0.7 3:53am 0.7 12:57pm 1.0 Saturday 13 4:08am 0.7 10:34am 1.1 6:59pm 0.7 9:23pm 0.7 Sunday 14 1:48am 0.6 11:13am 1.2 7:40pm 0.6 10:29pm 0.7 Thursday 11th Sunrise 7.19am Sunset 4.56pm Friday 12th Saturday 13th Sunrise 7:20am Sunset 4:56pm Sunday 14th 665931 Sunrise 7.20am Sunset 4:56pm Sunrise 7:21am Sunset 4:56pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au The $650m was enough to build their “you beaut” Adelaide Oval without stretching the budget deficit to $1.65b and the premier could use the oval as a backdrop for the coming state election. After the sale the premier sent down forest minister Leon Bignell with an announcement the government was giving $27m to the timber mills. How typically patronising. Given there was overwhelming opposition to the forest sale as there is with the fracking proposal, if it is lucrative for the government you don’t have to be Einstein to work out the final result. Country people have always been very loyal to the State Government, but why should they remain so loyal when they are treated like second class citizens? The government has placed advertisements on television (at our expense) telling how the Federal Government has taken away funding for health, schools and emergency services and a second hit for emergency services, for which they charge taxpayers more. In the recent Federal budget, South Australia received an unexpected $857m windfall, but don’t expect any of this to return to the taxpayer. The South East provides billions of dollars to the state economy, which mainly finishes up for expansion in the city and a small amount trickles back to the country. There are 1.67 million people in South Australia of whom 1.3 million live in the Adelaide metropolitan area. All of the southern states used to criticise Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen in Queensland because he won consecutive elections with less than 50pc of the vote and called it “Joh’s gerrymander”. In the 2010 state election the result was Labour 48.4pc compared to Liberal 51.6pc. In 2014, Labour won with 47pc compared to Liberal 53pc. So there is a gerrymander in South Australia as well, but it is a legal one. When Sir Joh had policies people did not like, his stock response was “now don’t you worry about that, I’ll worry about that”. When there were mutterings about the state budget, Mr Weatherill in the shades of Sir Joh said the biggest problem in South Australia at the moment was the timezone and sent out his turncoat ex-Liberal leader Martin HamiltonSmith to extol the virtues of changing to Australian Eastern Standard time. If we are going to be forced into AEST, we probably should secede to the western districts of Victoria and align with them. Between the western districts and the South East an amalgamation would create a very prosperous area, either with them alone or in the Victorian sphere. The benefits to the South East would enable this area to reach its full potential, which it is not at the moment. Liberals hold all country seats except for two, but Labor is smart enough to pander to the city vote by putting any available funds (and some they haven’t got) into a whole range of new projects to the detriment of the country. If you live in the city, why wouldn’t you vote for them? With the gerrymander existing between city and country and providing the government can find enough assets to transfer to the city then it is hard to see the city-centric government losing power in the next decade. For Liberal leadership to have any hope of ousting this socialist government they would have to show a lot more political fortitude than they are at present. South East people do have a choice. They do not have to be beholden to a socialistic, city-centric government. They can secede. I am not a member of any political party. Dean Thiele Tantanoola DYLAN MILTON Millicent I have a shower each night and I get dressed each morning in front of the fire. SNOW McCALLUM Millicent I stay in bed a little bit longer. AIDAN JOB Millicent I snuggle up in my woollen quilt. kept from creating and expressing their true identities. As well as providing a space for further social cohesion, a hub adds to our greater understanding of cultural differences and can stimulate change from within. The entire community is integral to the future of the multicultural hub. We are forever in debt to the advancements made by our hardworking ethnic minorities. We we owe it to those who laid the bricks of our community’s foundation.
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