The South Eastern Times : January 11th 2018
2 OPINION THE next government of South Australia has been put on notice by Wattle Range Council to commit considerable financial resources to this region in 21 key areas. Polling suggests the political landscape beyond March 18 is hard to predict but there is no question retirements will lead to at least 10 new faces. If the polls are to be believed, Nick Xenophon and his new SA Best Party will have a large say in determining who sits on the Treasury benches. The Ask of Government document prepared by Wattle Range Council points out a number of dire needs for this area such as coastal protection works at OUR VIEW Beachport and road infrastructure upgrades. Another on the council “wish list” is the common sense request to complete the Penola Bypass. We have the current farcical situation where a half-completed structure only takes a modest percentage of heavy vehicles away from the narrow Penola main street. Council is also seeking the resumption of obstetrics at Millicent hospital after Country Health SA withdrew this service on a “temporary basis” almost five years ago. The Labor Party has now been in power for 16 years and must carry a major share of the blame for the current situation where significant funds are desperately needed in so many areas. This party has not yet announced a candidate for MacKillop, nor has the Greens, SA Best or the new Australian Conservatives Party (formerly Family First). With just two months to polling day, it is a tell-tale sign that these parties are not overly serious about trying to win MacKillop. Mackillop Independent candidate John Ey has yet to hit the campaign trail, but Liberal TALKING TO THE TIMES ABN: 65 007 614851 Published: Tuesday & Thursday Deadlines: Displays: 10am 2 days prior to publication Classifieds: 11am day prior to publication Copy: 5pm 2 days prior to publication General Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Katherine Taylor Phone: 8733 3755, Email: email@example.com Sales Supervisor: Christian Greco Phone: 8724 1532, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jason Wallace Email: email@example.com Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier. The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper. 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 Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 726885 Year’s predictions shared Call for tougher driver penalties MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist WE have had friends down from Adelaide and we like to, at this time of year, record our predictions for the unfolding year. Donald Trump will remain president simply because nothing seems to stick to him. It does not seem to matter how appalling his comments or behaviour, he shrugs it off and America moves on. INDEX 50 YEARS AGO ...........................................8 TV GUIDE .......................................................17 PUZZLES ........................................................24 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................25 SPORT ..............................................................26 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 11 2.17am 0.8m 11.46am 0.4m Friday Thursday Max 34°C Min 13°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 0% UV: Extreme Friday Max 28°C Min 20°C Rain at times Chance of rain - 75% 5-15mm UV: Extreme Saturday Max 20°C Min 13°C Shower or two Chance of rain - 45% <2mm UV: Extreme Sunday Max 21°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 0% UV: Extreme Monday Max 24°C Min 14°C Cloudy Chance of rain - 0% UV: Extreme District: Thursday Very hot. Partly cloudy. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending northwest to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning then tending northeast to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38. Friday Cloudy. High (70%) chance of rain in the morning and afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning westerly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the high 20s. Saturday Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h turning south to southwesterly during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 22. Coastal: Thursday Winds East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeast late morning and tending west to northwesterly north of Carpenter Rocks in the afternoon. Winds tending northeasterly in the evening and increasing to 15 to 20 knots late evening. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres decreasing to 0.5 to 1 metre during the morning. Swell Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. Friday Winds Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning west to northwesterly during the morning. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. Swell Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, January 11, 2018 12 2.08am 0.7m 12.45pm 0.4m 11.05pm 1.0m Saturday 13 8.28am 0.5m 10.25am 0.5m 2.16pm 0.4m 11.57pm 1.1m Sunday 14 8.42am 0.5m 11.46am 0.5m 3.44pm 0.4m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 11 2.29am 0.8m 11.58am 0.4m Friday 12 2.20am 0.9m 12.57pm 0.4m 11.17pm 1.0m Saturday 13 8.40am 0.5m 10.37am 0.5m 2.28pm 0.4m Sunday 14 12.09am 1.1m 8.54am 0.5m 11.58am 0.5m 3.56pm 0.4m Thursday 11th Sunrise 6.00am Sunset 8.32pm Friday 12th Sunrise 6.01am Sunset 8.32pm Saturday 13th Sunrise 6.02am Sunset 8.32pm Sunday 14th Sunrise 6.03am Sunset 8.32pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 725604 Refugees will remain languishing on Manus and Nauru, much to my absolute disgust. Premier Daniel Andrews will be re-elected in Victoria and Malcolm Turnbull will not be PM by the end of the year. Our state election will deliver a SA Best/ Labor Government. It’s not that I believe that it will be best for SA (apologies for that dreadful pun), it will simply be voter reaction to 20 years of Labor and the belief the Liberals are still not capable of governing in their own right. A poll in mid-December showed 32pc of voters intend giving their first preference to SA Best, 29pc for the Liberals and 27pc for Labor. It will be a case of voters wanting to shake things up. While I am sceptical of the X-factor, I do agree with a statement on their website: “Voters have had an awful choice between a government that deserves to lose, and an opposition that does not deserve to win.” It is hard to know if it is a political party or a man with followers. Is it an “it” or a “he” particularly in light of 46pc of voters preferring Nick Xenophon as premier? He (not it) intends contesting 20 of the 47 House of Assembly seats. Mr X says he is not seeking to hold the balance of power, accepting ministries or forming a coalition. Nevertheless, when elections do not deliver a clear winner, politicians are generally prepared to sell their soul and an orifice to gain power. THE Australian Medical Association is calling for tougher penalties for drivers who text or use mobile phones while driving, including the loss of licence for up to a year for P-plate and L-plate drivers. The AMA is committed to advocating for improvements in the way Australians drive, the cars they drive, and the roads they drive on. For this reason, the AMA has, for the first time, released a position statement on road safety. Doctors, paramedics, ambulance officers, and nurses see the tragic consequences of road trauma. They see when road safety is ignored and when avoidable accidents occur that take lives and cause horrific injuries. At this time of year, more families are travelling on our roads. The AMA is particularly concerned about the use of mobile telephones and electronic devices, including navigational devices, in cars. Mobile phones and other devices are driver distractions, and a major cause of accidents, trauma, and death. The AMA supports measures that change driver behaviour. We want to change the culture and mentality about using mobile devices in cars. Your driver’s licence is a privilege, not a right. Drivers who breach the road rules are putting themselves and others at risk, and must face meaningful sanctions. Good habits must be ingrained in new, inexperienced drivers. There should be zero tolerance for provisional and learner drivers who use mobile phones or electronic devices, and penalties should include the loss of licence for up to a year. The AMA is also calling for uniform, national criteria for assessing older drivers. All states and territories must adopt uniform criteria for assessing the functional ability of older drivers, as the discrepancies between jurisdictions are problematic. We also want doctors to be more proactive in helping older drivers to assess their ability and confidence to keep driving. Doctors should provide advice on when to retire from driving. This may require medical examinations or assessments of drivers beyond a specified age. Dr Michael Gannon, President, Australian Medical Association What do you think of Easter eggs and hot cross buns now being sold in shops even though Easter is still almost three months away? JEAN FENSOM Millicent It is ridiculous to have them on sale when it is not even Easter. LOIS ROLLINSON Adelaide It takes away the special time of Easter for children. LILLIE HOWELL Millicent Easter is a long while away. Party candidate Nick McBride has been active for several months. Although the Liberal Party has recently announced funding commitments to projects in Strathalbyn and Port Augusta, no such allocations have been earmarked for the Wattle Range Council area. To date, the Liberals have only spoken in nebulous terms about creating a regional fund for the whole of the state. Unless Mr McBride and the Liberals make good use of the Wattle Range Council Ask of Government document and make specific funding commitments to this area, the campaigns of other MacKillop candidates could be invigorated.
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