The South Eastern Times : February 27th 2018
2 OPINION IMPORTANT decisions are currently facing many of the workforce at the Kimberly-Clark Australia Millicent Mill. There appears to be a stalemate between management and unions regarding a new enterprise agreement. Needless to say, the company and the employee representatives are at odds as to the way forward. As a result, the Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union is looking at industrial action and wants its members to vote in support of this measure. Such disputes between the company and the union have been rare in the past 25 years at the Millicent Mill OUR VIEW as industrial harmony has generally prevailed. The issues about pay and conditions which are currently being contested are too broad to be canvassed in this editorial. However, it must be said that there is a significant difference to the background to the 2018 negotiations about pay and conditions. Until a decade ago, the Millicent Mill was not totally controlled by American interests and at least 50pc was in Australian hands. The Kimberly-Clark Corporation of the USA now owns 100pc of the Millicent Mill and the company is currently consolidating its worldwide operations. It has recently announced it will close 10 plants and shed up to 5500 jobs across the globe. To date, three of its American mills have been slated for closure in the coming 18 months. There has been no announcement yet about the fate of the KCA Millicent Mill, which has had a proud history since 1960. It is a world-class facility which has a dedicated 400-strong workforce and is a user of innovative technology. KCA’s manufacturing plants in Australia have shrunk from six to two in the past 15 years with only mills at Millicent and Sydney remaining. The closure of the Millicent Mill would have a devastating impact on Millicent and across the region. Employees at the Millicent Mill have to weigh up the possibility as they consider the company’s enterprise agreement offer and the possibility of industrial action. TALKING TO THE TIMES Where should the next local MP locate the MacKillop electorate office? 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 WHAT will I write about this week? INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................12 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............13 PUZZLES ........................................................14 50 YEARS AGO ........................................15 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................16 SPORT ..............................................................17 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 32°C Min 14°C Sunny Chance of Rain - 25% <1mm UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 24°C Min 16°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 35% < 1mm UV: Extreme Thursday Max 23°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% < 1mm UV: Extreme Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Slight chance of a shower near the coast in the evening. Winds north to northeasterly 25 to 40 km/h shifting west to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 14 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a shower in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the south in the morning. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h turning south to southwesterly during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 16 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Thursday: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, tending northeast to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots from late morning ahead of a westerly change 20 to 25 knots extending from the west late evening. Winds reaching 20 to 30 knots in the late evening. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres. 1st Swell southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre in the afternoon. 2nd Swell south to southeasterly around 1 metre. Wednesday: Winds westerly 20 to 25 knots turning south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then easing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell west to southwesterly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Tues 27th Sunrise 6.51am Sunset 7.51pm Wed 28th Sunrise 6.52am Sunset 7.49pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 27 12.54am 1.04m 8.33am 0.34m Wed 28 12.53am 1.11m 8.43am 0.33m 1.30pm 0.51m 5.13pm 0.47m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 27 1.06am 1.04m 8.45am 0.34m Wed 28 1.05am 1.11m 8.55am 0.33m 1.42pm 0.51m 5.25pm 0.47m 725597 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au I’m not going to write about how fantastic the beach is at Southend and the level of solace it has given John and I and our two dogs over this summer, because it is a given. We all know this and kick ourselves that we don’t seek it out more often. Similarly, I won’t dwell on the magnetism that Mount Muirhead has on me as I drive through our landscape and am drawn towards. I’m certainly not going to mention the lack of integrity by our politicians and the name of our deputy prime minister who might be still in that position when you read this and might not be too, will not be said. Just as I’m not going to spend time on how awful Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best advertising jingle is and Deadline no dilemma Green image is priceless MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist what the impact of just this will be at the election. The fact that an independent candidate for the electorate of Mount Gambier who is up on legal charges and has been dumped by the Liberal Party, is leading in the polls, is not something on which I’m going to comment. I’m holding back from writing about how sick of repeats and whatever the word is for numerous repeats of programs on the ABC. It won’t be uttered that country towns like Brim and Coonalpyn are now known across the country for their public art. I’m not going to mention that I wrote the subject heading “I’m not writing” on the email to my editor to see if that sparked a response of concern. And I’m not going to go into how on rare occasions over the past 10 years, I have got to the deadline death knell of submitting a column and inspiration is still pending but does eventually blossom. Have your say. The South Eastern Times values your opinion. THE SA State Government has announced it will fund a major scientific probe by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation/Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance into the social and environmental impact of the gas industry in the Limestone Coast (or as Mr Koutsantonis and the petroleum industry describe the region by its resource name - the Otway Basin). This should be of concern. GISERA’s gas industry funding and direct involvement in research committees is potentially compromising the scientific independence of the CSIRO, according to The Australia Institute (2016). “Industry-funded research is problematic in situations, where the industry has a lot to gain from a particular outcome,” The Australia Institute senior economist Matt Grudnoff, said. To date, the SA State Government has given away nearly $18m to gas companies to drill for gas in the SE, and another $11m to keep Beach Energy’s headquarters in SA. The SA State Government may assert that they, and not the gas industry, are paying for the study, but according to The Australian Institute, funding agreements through the CSIRO have led to GISERA being financially and structurally integrated with the industry they are researching. Any number of independent, peer reviewed studies exposing the environmental and health impacts of the gas industry already exist. The Victorian Government listened to their farmers and regional communities, and placed a ban on fracking and a moratorium on conventional gas development. The SA Government should do the same, and include an extra step, a ban on all new conventional gas development as well. The value of the Limestone Coast’s clean green image is priceless and we must not allow that to be put in jeopardy. Sophie Henke, Mount Gambier Please write to: The Editor PO Box 22 Millicent SA 5280 Fax 8733 4341 Email: email@example.com ED LEA Tantanoola It should be back in Millicent because Naracoorte is too far away. GLENDA FOX Millicent I am not interested in politics because a lot of politicians don’t keep their promises. ROSIE SCHUTT Millicent It should be in Millicent as it is about time we had someone important here.
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