The South Eastern Times : January 23rd 2018
2 OPINION REVELATIONS that taxpayer funds earmarked for the local seat of MacKillop have been funnelled into a city electorate are certain to disappoint many local residents. Not only has retiring Liberal member for MacKillop Mitch Williams re-allocated some of his surplus office allowance into Independent MP Troy Bell’s neighbouring seat of Mount Gambier, he has also directed some of these State Government monies into the metropolitan seat of Hartley where Liberal incumbent Vince Tarzia is facing re-election. Such reallocations are allowable under the rules and this practice is done by all OUR VIEW sides of politics. Nevertheless, it is not a good look for Mr Williams and the Liberal Party with the state election less than two months away. At first glance, it might appear that Mr Williams is supporting the re-election of an independent MP in Mount Gambier and not endorsed Liberal candidate Craig Marsh. The reality is not the case, but it has been said that perceptions are everything in the game of politics. It has been stated by Mr Bell the surplus MacKillop office allowance has rightly been used for matters of common interest to the two South East electorates such as research costs on the possible impact of fracking in the area. Such an explanation would probably pass the mythical “pub test” but justifying the use of MacKillop-allocated funds in the suburban seat of Hartley would be much harder. It might have been far better for Mr Williams to have reallocated his surplus 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: email@example.com Advertising: Katherine Taylor Phone: 8733 3755, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Supervisor: Christian Greco Phone: 8724 1532, Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist RADIO National has been replaying a series about Western Australian murder cases in which the wrong persons have been convicted of these crimes. This premise was interesting enough to engage me but when I listened to the one about the murder of Josh Warneke, I was riveted. The heroine of this unsolved crime is Josh’s mother, Ingrid. Ingrid grew up here in Millicent. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................12 50 YEARS AGO ........................................13 PUZZLES ........................................................14 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............15 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................16 SPORT ..............................................................17 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 25°C Min 13°C Cloud clearing Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 28°C Min 12°C Sunny Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme Thursday Max 33°C Min 12°C Sunny Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h turning southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30. Wednesday: Sunny. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching 26 to 33. Thursday: Very hot and sunny. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h during the day then tending southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 37. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly in the evening. Winds reaching 15 to 20 knots inshore north of Beachport late afternoon and evening. Seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Beachport during the afternoon. Swell southwesterly 2 to 3 metres.. Wednesday: Winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots north of Port MacDonnell in the afternoon and evening. Seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. Swell southwesterly 3 metres. Tues 23rd Sunrise 6.12am Sunset 8.27pm Wed 24th Sunrise 6.14am Sunset 8.27pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 23 4.16am 1.06m10.25am0.44m 4.42pm 0.77m 8.46pm 0.5m Wed 24 4.42am 0.95m10.22am0.43m 5.36pm 0.76m 9.21pm 0.6m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 23 4.28am 1.06m10.37am0.44m 4.54pm 0.77m 8.58pm 0.5m Wed 24 4.54am 0.95m10.34am0.43m 5.48pm 0.76m 9.33pm 0.6m 725592 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au If my memory serves me correctly, I taught her English at Millicent High School in the 1980s. The police made an arrest and a young Aboriginal man, Gene Gibson, who almost certainly has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder was convicted of this crime. He made a false confession and the police accepted it. Gene understood little English and the police did not access an interpreter for him. Many other support mechanisms were not COMMENT Crime series gains interest Christmas appeal praise provided for Gene during questioning. As the investigation progressed, Ingrid’s rage toward the unprofessionalism of the detectives and the poor process used grew. As a mother, Ingrid was at a loss to know how to deal with the murder of one of her sons. She felt that her only solace would be to find some good to come out of this horrendous situation. Ingrid chose to challenge the manslaughter charge which had sent Gene to prison. She acted as an advocate for her son’s convicted killer in the face of systemic failures within the actions of the police force and the judiciary. Her persistence paid off. What Ingrid achieved was phenomenal as her insistent actions insured that an innocent man was released from prison for a crime he did not commit and the practices and processes of the Western Australian Police Force were reviewed and improved. There is still no conclusion to this investigation. Ingrid stated that she is envious of Gene Gibson and his family. THE Millicent Combined Churches Christmas Appeal Committee wish to thank everyone who donated to us. We are very grateful for your kindness. Without your help, we could not do this. We had less people needing help this year but that is a good thing. We gave out gifts to 97 children who otherwise may not have received anything. Thank you once again. Paulie Watts Convenor, Millicent Combined Churches Christmas Appeal Committee Country Health disgust I READ with disgust in the January 18 edition of The South Eastern Times the Country Health SA media unit had refused to provide details describing the good work in day surgery which is being provided at Millicent and District Hospital. At the annual general meeting of our Millicent Health Advisory Council over three months ago, I moved a motion that South East Health Services regional director Jayne Downs publish a listing of the general nature of surgery that had been undertaken at our hospital together with the surgeons that had performed that work. This was to give our local residents an insight into the comprehensive services that are performed at our hospital. My motion was seconded and overwhelmingly carried and Jayne Downs agreed to supply this list. My question is: who runs the Millicent hospital?’ Is it the regional director or the Country Health SA media unit? We have a wonderful hospital with great hard working staff. I am challenging our political parties to abolish the Country Health SA media unit and return the task to the regional director. This would save SA Health a large amount of money. Don Gilbertson Former chairman, Millicent Hospital Board Millicent What do you think of the decision by Wattle Range Council to install life buoys and a defibrillator at the Millicent Swimming Lake? CHRIS GARD Furner It is a good idea because it could save someone’s life. DES BROOKS Millicent I think it is an excellent idea. It makes it safer for people and particularly the young ones. JULE McDONALD Millicent Anything for the safety of the public is good and a great initiative. office allowance into the neighbouring seat of Hammond where Liberal MP Adrian Pederick is facing voters again. The seats of Hammond and MacKillop are chiefly rural in character and have much in common and not just a boundary around Lake Albert and the Mallee. Nick Xenophon’s SA Best is mounting a strong challenge for this seat and it was represented by an Independent as recently as 2006. There is little doubt such a redirection of surplus MacKillop office allowance into Hammond would have been far more palatable to local voters.
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