The South Eastern Times : May 23rd 2017
2 OPINION IT is worrying for the community that the future of the Kimberly-Clark Australia Millicent Mill could be in jeopardy due to ongoing negotiations regarding wages and conditions of employment. Lawyers for KCA outlined concerns when they recently pleaded with the Fair Work Commission to ratify a new enterprise agreement which had been supported by the company and union members. However, Commissioner David Gregory ruled that some administrative requirements in the process had not been met, so it appears negotiations on a new enterprise agreement have to start afresh. The groundwork for the next agreement OUR VIEW is expected to be laid this week when federal union officials visit the plant. It is the second time in a few years that the company has publicly expressed doubts about the long-term future of the Millicent mill. The soaring cost of power was the last dilemma faced by the mill, but an innovative use of technology and the outlay of $30m on a co-generation plant in 2013 eased the problem. To remain competitive, KCA has had to change its manufacturing processes and automation has more than halved its workforce since the 1970s. It has also enhanced its environmental credentials with respect to water requirements, clever use of power with the co-generation plant, effluent treatment and disposal and the sourcing of wood fibre from sustainable sources. The Millicent mill was one of a number of industrial post-war enterprises that were established or expanded in South Australia under the stewardship of the Liberal Country League government led by Sir TALKING TO THE TIMES What is your opinion of annual vaccinations to prevent the flu? 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Send your news tips and contributions to: email@example.com Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 42 Davenport Street, Millicent SA 5280 Postal address: PO Box 22, Millicent SA 5280 Telephone: (08) 8733 3755 Fax: (08) 8733 4341 Business Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday Proud Member of the Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 683874 I AM unsure why Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison thinks there are better days ahead. If there are, they are currently out of sight - over the hill and far away. Did he seriously think the big four banks would not pass on to us the great big tax which this budget is imposing on them? Or does he simply not care? The banks are totally dedicated to their enormous profits and a whim on the part of some two bit treasurer is not going to change that. Morrison’s biggest worry should be losing the nation’s “Triple A rating” within the next two years. Then the business of borrowing money will cost the government even more and the deficit will blow out further. Then there is the housing market on the eastern seaboard which is inflating to a distorted and fragile bubble. INDEX 50 YEARS AGO ...........................................8 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............10 TV GUIDE .......................................................12 PUZZLES ........................................................13 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................14 SPORT RESULTS ..................................19 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 17°C Min 9°C Showers. Possible storm. Chance of Rain - 90% 10-15mm UV: Low Wednesday Max 17°C Min 10°C Shower or two. Chance of Rain - 60% 1-5mm UV: Low Thursday Max 17°C Min 10°C Shower or two. Chance of Rain - 65% 1-5mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High (90%) chance of showers, most likely from the late morning. The chance of a squally thunderstorm. Winds northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming north to northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 18. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Winds northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending westerly during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Thursday: Cloudy. Medium (65%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending westerly 15 to 25 km/h during the day then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Coastal – Tuesday: Strong wind warning for the Lower South East Coast. Winds west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, becoming northwesterly 20 to 30 knots early afternoon, then shifting westerly west of Beachport late evening. Seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres late afternoon. Swell west to southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 3.5 metres offshore late evening. Wednesday: Winds westerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the evening. Swell westerly 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning. Tues 23rd Sunrise 7.08am Sunset 5.02pm Wed 24th Sunrise 7.08am Sunset 5.01pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 23 5.07am 0.58m 11.13am 1.09m 6.27pm 0.66m10.38pm 0.89m Wed 24 5.17am 0.58m 11.36am 1.23m 7.16pm 0.59m 11.19pm 0.87m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 23 5.19am 0.58m 11.25am 1.09m 6.39pm 0.66m10.50pm0.89m Wed 24 5.29am 0.58m 11.48am 1.23m 7.28pm 0.59m 11.31pm 0.87m 708606 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au However, the “biggy” in my opinion is the climbing rate of unemployment. A while ago, a friend expressed her concern about the impact that global warming could have on employment. We have, to most intent and purpose kept our collective heads in the sand about global warming, and technology has raced past that issue as the killer of employment. Every day there is news of jobs being lost. Between December 2015 and April 2016 full-time employment declined by 49,800 jobs (seasonally adjusted). Over one million Australians are underemployed. Transport workers are already confronting the forthcoming reality of driverless vehicles. There will be few immune to this technological trend. Even as a teacher, my job is threatened by the fact there is little to be learnt that YouTube cannot teach you. It may not be ideal, but it is a cheaper option. Economic outlook doubt Education cuts fail students MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist PARENTS, school communities and state education ministers remain united in their fight against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s agenda of education cuts that will see Australian students miss out on $3.2b in funding in 2018 and 2019. Our recent meeting was a farce, aimed at giving states the illusion of consultation in an attempt to railroad states to agree on a flawed plan. There has been no negotiation about education funding under the Turnbull Government. States do not agree with slashing vital funding to our schools. In response, Mr Turnbull released a flawed policy without consultation with states in an attempt to force their hand - but it did not work. Mr Turnbull has abandoned the COAG process in his haste to force his new funding model through parliament and cut funds from schools. They have abandoned the key principle of the Gonski agreements that state and federal governments work together to lift all schools to a minimum resource standard. You cannot lift student outcomes with a policy of education cuts - it does not matter how Mr Turnbull spins it, the numbers do not add up. We have seen several state education ministers address our recent crowd of concerned teachers and school community members to support needsbased funding. State ministers know that under Turnbull’s plan their students will lose vital funds. The rejection by state ministers highlight why the senate must reject this policy. The Greens and Nick Xenophon Team cannot support education cuts that leave kids across the country worse off. Mr Turnbull’s agenda gives a little to take a lot. But parents, teachers and state education ministers can see through their spin to what this plan will actually mean - cuts to essential school programs that are already making a difference in the lives of school children. Our communities and I Give a Gonski campaign supporters will not stop fighting for the future of our children - we will not go away. The Turnbull Government needs to abandon its plan of education cuts and deliver the current needs-based funding agreements in full - that’s what children across our country need and deserve. Correna Haythorpe Federal President Australian Education Union FRANK BOYLAN Thornlea All vaccinations since the time of Louis Pasteur have proven to be extremely beneficial to the human race. ALAN RICHARDS Adelaide My workplace pays for my flu jab every year. ROBIN WATTS Millicent We always have a flu shot every year and we have never had the flu. Thomas Playford. One by one factories such as Phillips, Hills Industries and Chrysler/Mitsubishi have closed across Adelaide as they could not compete with imports. A further blow to manufacturing is coming as the Holden car plant in Adelaide’s outer suburbs will close before Christmas. While the next enterprise agreement is critical for the future of KCA, governments, businesses and households across Australia can help the Millicent mill by using locally-made quality tissue products which have been manufactured through proven environmental practices.
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