The South Eastern Times : February 22nd 2018
2 OPINION THE Wattle Range Council-sponsored candidates forum for the seat of MacKillop on Tuesday attracted four of the six aspirants to date as well as 100 other interested people to the town’s war memorial and civic and arts centre. The attendance of so-called “political animals” included one serving state politician, two other current candidates, two past candidates, seven serving Wattle Range councillors, two aspiring councillors. lobby group members and several major party officials. To use a boxing analogy, Liberal OUR VIEW Party candidate Nick McBride probably won the contest on points, but did not necessarily deliver any knock-out blows. He and Australian Conservatives candidate Richard Bateman appeared most at ease in the pressure-cooker forum. Most of the audience came from Millicent and they would have been mostly pleased to hear the views of Mr McBride, which were specific to the town. His willingness to seek an exemption from Liberal Party policy for Millicent’s rare shopping hours status is to be welcomed. Mr McBride’s party wants almost total deregulation of shopping hours, but he is savvy enough to realise that this is not wanted at Millicent. If elected, Mr McBride said he would TALKING TO THE TIMES What do you think might be the political future of Barnaby Joyce? 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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 Pokie battle ‘given up’ Gas ban assurance sought I AM not sure whether the majority of South Australians know the No Pokies party - or SA-Best under the leadership of Former Senator Nick Xenophon - has given up the battle to remove poker machines in this state. I was privileged to be a guest at the Mental Health Coalition Forum on February 7 where one of the guests asked all those present whether their party was willing to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs. Sitting next to the representative for SA-Best I was not surprised to hear the response, which I have long suspected, the former senator and his party feel that removing poker machines is an unrealistic goal. For those who want to see the admission for themselves they can fast forward to around the 57 minute mark on the video of the forum which is on the Mental Health Coalition’s Facebook page and hear the candidate state it’s “not realistic, you cannot remove pokies from every hotel”. So here we have another back-flip from Xenophon and on the very issue that he promised the state to deal with. INDEX 50 YEARS AGO ........................................12 TV GUIDE .......................................................16 PUZZLES ...........................................................1 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................19 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 22 4.15am 0.89m 9.21am 0.33m 5.06pm 0.94m 9.27pm 0.63m Friday 23 4.27am 0.77m 9.40am 0.31m 6.03pm 0.91m 10.03pm 0.73m Thursday Max 25°C Min 18°C Rain at times Chance of rain - 70% 1-5mm UV: Very high Friday Max 30°C Min 18°C Shower or two Chance of rain - 50% < 2mm UV: Very high Saturday Max 22°C Min 15°C Shower or two Chance of rain - 45% < 2mm UV: Extreme Sunday Max 20°C Min 12°C Cloudy Chance of rain - 30% < 1mm UV: Very high Monday Max 23°C Min 9°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 10% < 1mm UV: Very high District: Thursday Cloudy. High chance of showers tending to rain in the late afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h early in the morning then tending north to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to around 18 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s. Friday Humid. Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers. Winds northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 40 km/h during the morning then shifting west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 18 with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34. Saturday Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. Winds northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h turning southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then increasing to 25 to 40 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Coastal: Thursday Winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots reaching 10 to 15 knots south of Beachport, then turning northeasterly south of Port MacDonnell in the morning. Winds becoming variable below 10 knots in the late morning then north to northeasterly in the evening. Winds reaching 15 to 20 knots south of Port MacDonnell in the early morning. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre. 1st Swell southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres. 2nd Swell southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Port MacDonnell. Friday Winds northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port MacDonnell in the morning. 1st swell southwesterly 1.5 metres. 2nd swell southeasterly 1 metre. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, February 22, 2018 Saturday 24 12.47am 0.8m 10.04am 0.3m 7.38pm 0.89m 10.36pm 0.84m Sunday 25 12.55am 0.88m 10.27am 0.31m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 22 4.27am 0.89m 9.33am 0.33m 5.18pm 0.94m 9.39pm 0.63m Friday 23 4.39am 0.77m 9.52am 0.31m 6.15pm 0.91m 10.15pm 0.73m Saturday 24 12.59am 0.8m 10.16am 0.3m 7.50pm 0.89m 10.48pm 0.84m Sunday 25 1.07am 0.88m 10.39am 0.31m Thursday 22nd Sunrise 6.46am Sunset 7.57pm Friday 23rd Sunrise 6.47am Sunset 7.56pm Saturday 24th Sunrise 6.48am Sunset 7.55pm Sunday 25th Sunrise 6.49am Sunset 7.53pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 725611 The former senator tries to play the anti-politician card, but he is a career politician who trained as a lawyer, chased membership with both major parties and who has been flipping and flopping between state and federal politics for more than a decade. His policies do not hold up under scrutiny, not even the one that he built his career on. Be assured Australian Conservatives will continue to fight against gambling that sadly ends in addiction for some, adds to family breakdown and contributes to the number of mental health issues facing so many. Robert Brokenshire MLC, Australian Conservatives, Adelaide HOT on the heels of a State Government announcement that Beach Energy will receive $11m to expand its Adelaide office and stay in South Australia for at least a decade, comes the announcement the State Government will partner with the CSIRO to conduct another South East Gas study. No expenditure was announced for this study. This inquiry will be conducted by GISERA - the CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Alliance - which is funded by the gas industry and provides reports designed to achieve an outcome for its funders. The original South Australian parliamentary inquiry conducted in 2014 made clear there is no social licence for gas fields in the South East. This new gas inquiry will create further uncertainty in the South East and it is time the Labor State Government recognised that we do not want gas fields and we do not want to pay for their meaningless reports. If the new South Australian Regional Research Advisory Committee does get established we would expect the CSIRO or the State Government to appoint at least one of their independent members from the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance. With the election looming, the Liberals have reiterated they will place a 10-year moratorium on unconventional gas in the South East, and the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance asks them to extend this to a full ban on the exploration and extraction of gas on prime agricultural and high yielding cropping land across South Australia. Independent candidate for MacKillop Jonathon Ey has announced he is opposed to any form of gas exploration or extraction in the South East. We are seeking assurances from Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best and any other candidates who may seek election in Mount Gambier or MacKillop to develop policies which will protect the Limestone Coast from any form of invasive industrial gas fields. Merilyn Paxton Limestone Coast Protection Alliance SCOTT MILLER Tantanoola I think his private business is his own business, but his role as deputy prime minister makes it our business. MARIA ROBERTS Millicent I think he should stay on as a National Party MP but stand down as deputy prime minister. His actions have harmed the National Party. WAYNE MORRIS Canberra I think Barnaby Joyce has made too many mistakes in the manner he has conducted himself in recent months. ensure the new Liberal Party policy of regional health boards would not lead to such a body in this region being dominated by Mount Gambier interests. On the debit side, Mr McBride said he would not return the MacKillop electorate office to Millicent, but would keep it in Naracoorte. Overall, Mr McBride had a good grasp of his party’s policies and articulated them well. However, questioning from the floor exposed policy gaps for the three other challengers.
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