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FEDERAL HEALTH MINISTER SUSSAN LEY WILL BE
CONSULTING DOCTORS ON OPTIONS FOR MEDICARE
REFORMS, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF A
PRICE SIGNAL OF A MODEST CO PAYMENT INTO THE
HEALTH SYSTEM. WOULD A CO PAYMENT DETER
YOU FROM VISITING THE DOCTOR?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Sarah Martin: Co-payment should be
for non-emergency visits to emergency
Janelle Brown: I already pay the gap of
about $36, so guess it will cost me $56
Michael Lord Benny Burgess: Yeah, sure
would. The whole doctors thing is a hassle
as it is.
Wintulichs' big growth
Thank you to Gawler people for not
smashing bottles on the digger for the
last few days. I check it most days and it is
great not to have anything to clean.
Paul Little, RSL vice-president.
Why doesn't the committee members
of the Gawler RSL form a knitting circle
instead of being the embarrassing joke
of RSLs Australia-wide. No-one likes bully
boys or a sore loser.
Paul Reeves, Gawler South.
Well said, Howard Locking, let's take the
WWI memorial removal, or non-removal,
to a referendum and let the people of
Gawler decide where it should be. And,
yes, as Margaret Little says, we are all a bit
tired of the ongoing saga. It's a bit sad that
the people of Gawler may miss out on the
Anzac service, because the dispute has
not been resolved.
Barb Jamieson, Hewett.
Crossing mad...went to Gawler dentist, all
good. Then had to catch a train. Where's
the zebra crossing to the train station? The
nearest one is up at Pioneer Park. My god,
I'll miss the train, that corner is a shocker
to cross. Gawler Council, please put
pedestrian crossing for train commuters.
Even from Gawler Caravan Park you have
to walk to Pioneer Park to cross.
Ozzy, Gawler East.
0448 912 966
SIR -- Margaret Little, you did neither
yourself, your office as RSL secretary or the
Gawler RSL any favours with your comments
(letters to the editor, January 14).
The issue of the WWI monument restoration,
refurbishment or relocation is one thing, the com-
petence of the Gawler Council another, but to
threaten to remove the RSL's involvement in the
2015 Anzac Day ceremonies is outrageous.
Of all years to come out with the statement you
made is lunacy, this being the centenary year of the
Gallipoli landing, it is a hallmark commemoration
and to threaten the citizens of Gawler and sur-
rounding areas with exclusion from "your service"
is arrogant and a total disgrace.
The Gawler RSL does not have the 'rights' to
this sacred day and should not try to use their (ap-
preciated) participation in it as a lever to persuade
council to do other things.
If you do go ahead with this action (and I do
hope you reconsider), you will lose face and reputa-
tion in this community because what you are con-
templating is in direct contrast to the Anzac spirit
you allegedly represent.
As an aside, have you thought that the location
of the underlying main issue here, the WWI me-
morial, was placed in its current position by the
city fathers and citizenry of that era for a reason?
I understand it faces south down Adelaide Road
so as to welcome home the returning veterans.
If that is so, that decision should be acknowl-
edged and respected.
Spend your grant either enhancing the existing
site, installing another memorial in Pioneer Park
or, alternatively, return it to the government.
N. Tregenza (ex-national serviceman),
Sel sh and divisive
SIR -- I'd like to begin by stating that I have
never served in the military, but I am an
affiliate member of the RSL Gawler Sub
Branch and have spent many years at the
I understand that mateship or friendship, which
ever you choose, has a different meaning for de-
fence personnel than those in civilian life, so the
RSL veterans know more about the meaning of
the WWI memorial than the few who have never
served in the forces but claim to know what is best
for the memorial.
From reading their open letters, they are missing
the point altogether of why it needs to be shifted.
I feel that the decision of what happens to the
memorial should be left to serving and retired mili-
tary personnel (by this, I mean by those who have
seen the worst of wars and know what memorials
are truly about) and the Department of Defence
and no-one else should interfere in what they de-
Yes, the memorial is a heritage item, but where it
stands in Gawler does not matter as long as it is put
in the best place for community services.
Gawler has grown and where it now stands is no
longer practical for people to gather around it.
The memorial needs to be shifted to where they
The names of the local people on the memorial
who died for this country need to be honoured and
remembered at Anzac and remembrance services
and not left forgotten as they are now.
The few people against its removal to a more
prominent place where it can be used again for what
it was designed for need to stop and have a good
think about their selfish and divisive actions.
Affiliate member, RSL Gawler.
SIR -- Another Bunnings, who needs it?
It is only a few kilometres from Munno Para
That store forced the closure of the local hard-
ware store, which hung on for as long as it could,
but in the end the business had to close its doors.
I love to shop in Gawler Mitre10, there is always
a friendly person to help me find what I need, and
I get a discount on my Seniors Card.
I urge you, please stay loyal to your local shops.
SIR -- To all you wonderful people and
businesses, our heart-filled thanks to all of you
who donated food, drinks, encouragement
and even a packet of Panadol to our brigade
and its members loading aircraft at the
Adelaide Soaring Club (Gawler airstrip),
during the recent Sampson Flat bushfire.
You are all very special people.
We love what we are doing in the community
and these gestures go a long way to show we are
Our first day was at Mount Crawford, then all
operations came out of Gawler.
We loaded 468 loads of foam, thermo gel and
retardant during this fire and you people made us
CFS Region 2 Air Operations
Throw them o
SIR -- Some time ago, The Bunyip report-
ed a positive story about the Gawler to
Adelaide train service.
It said passenger patronage on the Gawler line
had increased by 50 per cent since 2012.
The story rings true to me. I use the train
whenever I can because my ticket is now regularly
checked, and in the evenings, security guards are on
the journeys with me.
Good for my safety and good for Adelaide CBD
traffic congestion, too.
With this in mind, it is timely to address the is-
sue of offensive behaviour on the train.
Offensive behaviour involves small groups of
young and old, male and female, passengers (no
age or gender discrimination here) using carriages
to hurl verbal 'F-bombs' either into mobile phones
or at each other to-and-fro like.
The expletives are framed within long, detailed
explanations of intimate and personal business; i.e.
none of mine.
Passengers are inflicted with this self-indulgent
offence without any choice.
How to address this offensive behaviour?
Allow the train guards freedom to ask verbal 'F-
bomb' volleyball throwers to continue their inter-
action on the platform at the next available stop.
When finished, they may get back on the next
That gives the offenders an opportunity to offer
to tune down a bit.
If they want to keep yelling, well have them
physically removed a few stops after that.
Who knows, the Gawler-Adelaide line could
become a set of learning cubicles that teach coarse
and vulgar individuals some self-control and man-
Ed's note: It would seem this sort of behaviour has
concerned people for many a year, check out the 100
years ago section of Looking Back on page 26 of this
SIR -- I am totally opposed to the death pen-
The current outburst and commentary concern-
ing the fate of some members of the Bali Nine is
What is being ignored or brushed aside is the
reason that these people find themselves in trouble;
8.2kg. of heroin is a large amount and we must not
lose sight of the fact that they chose to risk their posi-
tion for the lust of huge monetary reward.
Don't forget the pain, suffering and death also
caused by the illegal use of heroin, to the users and
It's a bit like a game of sport -- if things aren't go-
ing your way you can't request a change in the rules
As for the vivid descriptions being exposed of
the method of execution, other than the cosmetic
aspect, I believe that death by a firing squad would
be preferable to receiving a 'lethal' injection, which
has taken up to and over 30 minutes to be effec-
tive, as has occurred of recent times in the United
JUST as we were getting used to the drab
blacks and browns of our re-ravaged
parts of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide
Hills, a splash of colour graced the region
yesterday as the Tour Down Under passed
The multi-hued peloton rolled through the
region, bringing just a little bit of extra cheer to
local residents who had faced the possibility of
an in nite blackness just two weeks ago.
Creating extra local colour was that Gawler
boy, Jack Bobridge, piloting this wheel-led
Bobridge, now an established star on the
world cycling circuit, ultimately added further
lustre to his trophy cabinet by winning the
opening day of his home tour -- a stage which
started in his very own backyard.
Many local people would have been
delighted by the victory on home soil, having
watched Bobridge develop from precocious
talent to world champion.
Just under a decade ago, highly respected
cycling commentator Phil Liggett called
Bobridge a star in the making and yesterday he
showed us all just how far he had come.
Prior to the start of yesterday's race,
Bobridge, a respectful and hard-working
competitor, talked of the re-a ected areas,
where he would have done much of his
training in the past, with some a nity.
His stage victory will x few of the problems
resulting from the Sampson Flat bush re, but
the ultimate cycling dedication will at least
give locals something to smile about as they
contemplate the continued challenges of
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