The South Eastern Times : February 6th 2018
2 OPINION THERE are some parallels which can be drawn between the state election of March, 1968 and the March election of 2018. All the pundits are again predicting a tight contest with neither major party able to achieve a majority in their own right as occurred 50 years ago. However, unlike 1968, Millicent does not loom large in the reckoning of any of the major parties. Although the Liberal Party did endorse Nick McBride as its candidate for the local seat of MacKillop almost a year ago, it has yet to commit any funds to Millicent in its policies. Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has OUR VIEW made vague promises about funds for the Penola bypass and mobile phone tower black spots. Shadow Health Minister Stephen Wade has yet to commit to the re-establishment of obstetrics at Millicent Hospital as his predecessor Rob Lucas did four years ago. The Liberals are determined to bring in the almost total deregulation of shopping hours across the state and are unwilling to make an exception for the rare circumstances which suit the majority of Millicent shoppers. There are just over five weeks until polling day and the Liberals have little time remaining to announce some Millicentspecific policies. Elsewhere, there has been little local political activity to date. The Nick Xenophon SA-Best team announced its MacKillop candidate Tracy Hill just over a week ago, Independent Jon Ey from Coonawarra is standing and candidates for the Greens and Labor should be known soon. TALKING TO THE TIMES What are your voting intentions in the local seat of MacKillop at the state election on March 17? 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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 Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 726885 MP bids not so fond farewell to Liberal Party Speed cut misses point MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist INDEX TRADES AND SERVICES ..............12 50 YEARS AGO ........................................13 TV GUIDE .......................................................14 PUZZLES ........................................................15 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................16 SPORT RESULTS ..................................18 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 32°C Min 14°C Mostly sunny Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 35°C Min 15°C Sunny Chance of Rain - 5% < 1mm UV: Extreme Thursday Max 32°C Min 17°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 20% < 1mm UV: Extreme 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Tuesday: Mostly sunny. The chance of fog in the south in the early morning. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 14 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 35. Wednesday: Very hot and mostly sunny. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38. Thursday: Very hot. Cloudy. Slight chance of a shower in the south. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon then shifting southeasterly during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 38. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 1 metre. Swell southwesterly around 1 metre. Wednesday: Winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots becoming south to southwesterly during the afternoon then becoming east to southeasterly during the evening. Seas below 1 metre. Swell south to southwesterly around 1 metre. Tues 6th Sunrise 6.28am Sunset 8.16pm Wed 7th Sunrise 6.29am Sunset 8.15pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 6 4.09am 0.99m 9.10am 0.31m 4.47pm 0.88m 8.58pm 0.49m Wed 7 4.27am 0.89m 9.44am 0.28m 5.38pm 0.86m 9.45pm 0.6m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 6 4.21am 0.99m 9.22am 0.31m 4.59pm 0.88m 9.10pm 0.49m Wed 7 4.39am 0.89m 9.56am 0.28m 5.50pm 0.86m 9.57pm 0.6m 725594 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au I HAVE the feeling that Liberal Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams wanted to have his own fireworks display as he strode into parliamentary retirement. In his final parliamentary speech, Mitch generously offered his opinion that Isobel Redmond should have led the Liberal Party to an assured victory in the 2014 state election with a heavy handed dig at the current Liberal leader Steve Marshall. One could be forgiven for thinking that inherent to this belief was that Mitch could have been the deputy premier with even higher aspirations. But actions always speak louder than words and we have waited so long for Mitch to act - in a somewhat surprising manner, to be sure. His transference of $8000 of unused allowance to former party member Troy Bell appears either bizarre or downright malicious toward his once beloved Liberal Party. Opposition Leader Steve Marshall said the transfer of money from Mr Williams’ largely discretionary global fund - which the MacKillop MP and Mr Bell described as an ongoing agreement - did not have his approval. He added, “I had no knowledge of this whatsoever and I certainly do not support it.” Well, this plot just got a whole lot thicker. When questioned if Mr Williams should be sanctioned by the Liberal Party, Mr Marshall said such moves were not a priority. “The reality is that we’re less than four weeks away from caretaker mode,” Mr Marshall said. The subtext of this is, “I do not want to discuss friction among members of my party when we are about to head into an election campaign.” Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said, “What’s unique and unprecedented is a Liberal MP transferring money to a nonLiberal MP.” Yes indeed, I can only agree. The political party that Mitch was so desperately keen to rejoin shortly after he had been elected as an independent appears to have soured, or has he? I MUST commend the efforts of both Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi and Robe District Mayor Riseley to have the speed limit on Clay Wells Road returned to 110kph. Crash data I have been provided with for the five years from 2012 to 2016 for that part of Clay Wells Road shows the road itself had six minor injury crashes, but where it intersects with the Princes Highway there was one serious and one fatal crash. From both the statistics and an inspection of the road the problem is clearly at the intersection with the Princes Highway. Serious accidents will continue at this intersection until the Department of Transport, Planning, Energy and Infrastructure installs “Give Way” or “Stop” signs for traffic approaching the Princes Highway. It also needs warnings of the Give Way or Stop signs ahead, plus a simple but large red “Reduce Speed” sign, plus extending the black and white striped end of road signs. Reducing the speed on the 54km of road is not addressing the real problem which is having a major intersection without any Give Way or Stop signs where the serious crashes occur. John Andre AM Furner WENDY THOMSON Millicent I have decided but I will keep my opinion to myself. KATHY GODDEN Millicent I will be voting for the Nick Xenophon party candidate. ALLAN BAKER Millicent I am not saying at this stage as I have not made up my mind. This stands in stark contrast to the political rumblings of 1968 when Millicent voters were being wooed by then Labor Premier Don Dunstan and Opposition leader Steele Hall, who was at the helm of the Liberal Country League. Neither politician was a great devotee of cricket, but both flew from Adelaide to Millicent 50 years ago for the opening of the new turf wicket at the Cellulose Oval at Snuggery. Events relating to that cricket match are described in today’s edition. One wonders if an equivalent event in 2018 would attract political leaders to this area?
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