The South Eastern Times : June 12th 2018
2 OPINION THE parliamentary spotlight has recently fallen on Millicent with Premier Steven Marshall facing sustained questioning from Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas about the town’s unique shop trading hours. Mr Marshall endured the Opposition attacks last week and used them as an opportunity to explain his Liberal Party’s mandate for the deregulation of shopping hours across South Australia. The Premier spoke about time in Millicent on a Sunday recently and how he shopped at McCourt’s Garden Centre and Café. The state leader was at pains to say that his party’s legislation would not compel any Millicent storekeeper to open. OUR VIEW Although he handled himself relatively well in the parliamentary debate, Mr Marshall’s stance still remains at odds with the view of most Millicent people as expressed in various forums and surveys. Mr Marshall obviously does not acknowledge the massive disruption to the Millicent economy which would be wreaked by allowing deregulation. The premier needs to be reminded of the fact Millicent is the smallest town in South Australia to sustain three supermarkets. Even Blind Freddy can see one supermarket generates much of its turnover from after hours, Sunday and public holiday trade. This was certainly evident yesterday for the public holiday of the Queen’s Birthday when it was crowded for much of the day. It is Economics 101 to say that deregulation could spell the end of this store, which has housed various retailers on this site for 140 years. At the very least, Mr Marshall, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride and other Liberals should be making an exemption for Millicent. 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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 COMMENT Christian reading a timely reminder of importance of community leadership as deregulation talks continue PHIL GOLDING Millicent Uniting Church LAST week’s Christian readings from the Bible focused on community expectations of leadership. Perhaps appropriately coincidental, given our local issues around supermarket retail and community wishes as highlighted in The South Eastern Times. Although IGA, Foodland, Woolies and Liberal MP Nick McBride are not mentioned by name in the Biblical passages, they are challenged by similar themes. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................11 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............12 50 YEARS AGO ........................................13 PUZZLES ........................................................14 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................15 SPORT ..............................................................16 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 15°C Min 10°C Showers Chance of Rain - 90% 1-5mm UV: Low Wednesday Max 13°C Min 8°C Showers Chance of Rain - 90% 5-15mm UV: Low Thursday Max 14°C Min 8°C Showers Chance of Rain - 90% 5-15mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Tuesday: Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h tending west to southwesterly 35 to 55 km/h early in the morning then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Wednesday: Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h turning westerly 30 to 45 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 20 to 30 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13. Thursday: Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. Winds northwesterly 35 to 55 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14. Coastal – Tuesday: Strong wind warning for the Lower South East coast. Winds northerly 20 to 30 knots shifting southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning, temporarily re-strengthening to 20 to 30 knots for the afternoon period. Winds becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening. Seas 2 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening. Swell west to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning. Wednesday: Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending westerly during the morning. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell west to southwesterly 2.5 to 4 metres. Tues 12th Sunrise 7.20am Sunset 4.56pm Wed 13th Sunrise 7.20am Sunset 4.56pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 12 4.03am 0.6m 11.36am 1.32m 7.32pm 0.61m 11.16pm 0.8m Wed 13 3.37am 0.53m 12.11pm 1.44m 8.22pm 0.57m 11.55pm 0.78m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 12 4.15am 0.6m 11.48am 1.32m 7.44pm 0.61m 11.28pm 0.8m Wed 13 3.49am 0.53m 12.23pm1.44m 8.34pm 0.57m 729904 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au The chosen Old Testament text refers to the latter stage of Judge Samuel’s rule when the populace made it clear they did not trust his opportunist offspring to fairly implement the rule of law in shaping their society. They therefore wanted to hand over their leadership to a benevolent monarchy to navigate their futures, a model that existed in surrounding nations. The essence of the advice received by Samuel from his prayerful conversation with his wise god was that he should listen to the populace, but be clear with them about the consequences over time of their choices. The advice was particularly cautionary about the demands monarchic rulers may make on everyday life to fund wars and territorial expansion, or simply bleed the life out of Have your say. The South Eastern Times values your opinion. If you have a view or wish to comment on any community issue we would like to hear from you. the local economies. The Sabbath arrangement of making time as whole communities to reflect and recreate has been rejected in Australia since the late 20th Century as an inflexible and anti-choice cultural practice: instead we have the current debate about deregulation versus other arrangements. Leaders within our community who are saddled by the challenges of business and political management, every day confront decisions about wishes, workability, fairness, community unity and future sustainability. As a community we can best help by supporting as customers and volunteers our local businesses, schools, clubs, health, welfare, legal and infrastructure resources and opportunities. Offering good spirited support to our leaders who may not always say what we want to hear is also necessary as they navigate the principles and practicalities of our state and local economy into the future. And according to Corinthians’ experience of the holy spirit 2000 years ago, try listening to the unifying voices among us which emphasise that our differences can work together and lead to shared futures to be celebrated. A big challenge for country towns and citizens, but we are certainly lovable enough and in good faith can experience a redeemed future. Please write to: The Editor PO Box 22 Millicent SA 5280 Fax 8733 4341 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Preference will be given to letters less than 200 words. Longer letters will be subject to editor’s discretion. All letters must carry author’s full name and address and include a daytime telephone number for verification. The South Eastern Times reserves the right to edit letters for legal purposes and space restrictions How should Liberal member for MacKillop Nick McBride respond when the shopping hours legislation comes before the House of Assembly? GARRY BENNIER, Millicent Nick McBride should vote to keep things as they are as people feel comfortable with it. FIONA THOMPSON Rendelsham Nick McBride should vote to keep what Millicent has. It does not have a broken retail system and it does not need fixing. MARIA ROBERTS, Millicent I think Nick McBride should cross the floor and help the people of Millicent. Opposition to deregulation is mounting with formal campaigns being arranged by the independent supermarkets, the shop assistants’ union and farmers and suppliers. Millicent’s two independent supermarkets are backing this campaign. The Labor Party is said to be hardening its stance after earlier signalling post-election that it would support some extra trading hours on Sundays in Adelaide. The anti-deregulation campaign is said to be a battle between “the little guys” and the “top end of town”. Mr Marshall rules with a slim majority, but MacKillop electorate voters in 2022 will judge his performance on this vital issue.
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