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'BALI NINE' RINGLEADERS ANDREW CHAN AND
MYURAN SUKUMARAN WILL LIKELY FACE THE
FIRING SQUAD THIS MONTH. DO YOU THINK
THEY DESERVE THE DEATH PENALTY?
Coralie Marshall: Abide by the laws of the
country you are in and this wouldn't be a
question. It's not like they didn't know the
law - it's in big writing everywhere. They
were bringing drugs into Australia! What
about the unfortunates who would have
taken these drugs ?
Darryl Fish Fisher: Absolutely.
Margaret Peterson: No and the AFP have
a lot to answer for. Just because a country
has di erent laws does not mean we
cannot challenge them.
Patricia A Dent: I would like to know why
Schapelle Corby got o .
Coleen Jaensch: No. It's a life sentence for
their families for something they did when
they were young and stupid. I'm lucky my
four children would never think of doing
such a thing; but those poor mothers.
Julianne White: These people know the
risks and know what the punishments are
when they agree to break the laws. Sad for
the families, but what's done is done.
Craig Hutchins: No.
Chantelle Tesselaar: They went in
knowing the risks. I think it is a bit harsh
now to ask government to intercept and
risk other possible working relations with
these countries. Feel extremely sorry for
the families and the length of time it has
been drawn out, but if they go soft now...
does that open the door for more to aunt
Michael Lord Benny Burgess: No.
Parliament's bad boy -- page 1
SIR -- It's unfortunate that the lies and
misinformation of the anti-vaccination
movement are still threatening our public
There is no contention about the issue of pub-
lic vaccinations; they are of proven benefit to the
community, with no proven ill-effects.
The contention arises from the egregious, self-
centred prejudice of the anti-vax brigade, who
deny these scientific facts and who, as a result,
threaten the health of the most vulnerable, not
just in our community, but worldwide.
If anti-vax proponents can find no public ven-
ues willing to be associated with promoting their
destructive beliefs, it seems to me much more
like civic responsibility than censorship.
Missing the point
SIR -- Having read Mr Craig Buchanan's
response (letters, The Bunyip, February
11) to my letter of February 4, I wonder if
he even bothered to check out the sources
I provided, or if he even understood what
I was saying and why?
Did the mere mention of the words "climate
change" trigger his contrarian response as an ob-
vious climate change denier?
Mr Buchanan mocks me, mocks the science
and the evidence, and says that I'll be dead by
2090 anyway, so why worry. Well, that's the
The evidence/data shows there has been no
pause in global warming, as Mr Buchanan claims,
and he conveniently ignores the fact that atmos-
pheric temperature is only one measure and the
fact the oceans have been absorbing most of the
temperature, and with dire consequences.
The oceans, the drivers of our weather systems,
are not only warming significantly, they are also
absorbing CO2 at such a rate they are becoming
too acidic and ocean life is at serious risk.
Whether you're an average citizen or a farmer,
a viticulturist, a winemaker or a business owner,
we all rely heavily on accurate weather forecast-
If a dangerous storm was approaching, or cata-
strophic fire conditions were building, we'd want
to know and we'd act to protect ourselves, our
property and our interests.
Well, the CSIRO and the Bureau of
Meteorology have given us the long-term weath-
er forecast up to 2090, and that is what I was
drawing attention to in my letter.
As Mr Buchanan says, I won't be here in 2090,
but I want what I do now to make a positive dif-
ference for those who will be here.
As Gandhi said, "The world has enough for
everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's
ACF Climate Reality Leader.
SIR -- I am writing to bring to people's at-
tention that development approval for the
DP Energy Wind Farm monitoring mast
at St Kitts* expired on February 2 (*on
Section 271Sec 271 HP 160100, HD
Belvidere, Mosey Road, Bagot Well).
'Res Australia' has applied to Light Regional
Council to extend the approval for the mast for a
further 36 months.
The public now has the opportunity to
make written submissions to the Light Council
Development Assessment Panel regarding this
matter as public notification of the application
occurred on 11 February.
Further information is on display at the Light
Regional Council offices.
People wishing to make their views known
to the Light Regional Council DAP in writing
must use the correct format.
This includes stating the Development
Application Number (No. 313/42/2015 ),
whether they object to or support the wind farm
monitoring mast development, as well as stating
their reasons and whether they wish to make ver-
The closing date for written representations
is February 24.
SIR -- On February 4, at around 10.30am,
I was involved in a small collision with a
white four-wheel drive while using the
roundabout at the intersection of Tod and
Reid streets, near the Gawler post office.
It will be greatly appreciated if the driver of
that vehicle contacts me (0417 472 987).
Thank you for your assistance.
SIR -- I was searching for the page telling
me what celebrates 35 years of "marriage
bliss" (i.e. coral) in a very old publication,
when I came across this amazing piece in
the same book.
It made me smile and think many would
Compliments: A gentleman should never low-
er the intellectual standard of his conversation
in addressing ladies, pay them the compliment
of seeming to consider them capable of an equal
understanding with a gentleman.
You will, no doubt, be somewhat surprised to
find in how many cases the supposition will be
ground on fact (Anon, 1885).
SIR -- In relation to the ultimate fate of
the two ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine',
pleased be reminded that it was the
Australian Federal Police which tipped off
the Indonesian authorities, knowing full
well of the death penalty policy, concern-
ing drug traffickers, in Indonesia.
The AFP could have waited until they arrived
back in Australia, if they had chosen to do so.
SIR -- My anger knows no bounds.
I know people who live on a few acres with no
wish or intention to move, on the bones of their
proverbial, living from pension to pension, terri-
fied of their next rates or power bill, with houses
in urgent need of unaffordable maintenance and
the government wants to hit them with a $1200
What are they trying to do, force people to
move, kill them from stress or not being able to
afford decent food?
There should be a huge backlash against this
outrage and, if the worst happens, don't pay it.
If ever we needed solidarity on an issue of
gross injustice, it is now.
SIR -- As Australia prepares to commemo-
rate the landing of the first Anzac troops
in Gallipoli 100 years ago, we ask that
you also remember the work of Red Cross
by supporting Red Cross Calling during
Just like the thousands of Red Cross volunteers
who worked so hard to support our Anzac troops
in 1915, Red Cross volunteers still continue to
care for those who need it most.
By making a donation or organising an event
for Red Cross Calling during March, you can
support the everyday work of Red Cross, such
as working in bushfire relief and recovery cen-
tres, supporting elderly and vulnerable people
by transporting them to vital appointments, or
teaching English to new arrivals.
In years to come, many people will continue
to turn to Red Cross for help in times of crisis
and we're determined to be there when they do.
Red Cross Calling is the one time of year when
local Red Cross members, community groups,
schools and individuals can all work together to
raise money for Red Cross through local fund-
To make a donation, or to find out how you
can get involved with Red Cross Calling go to
our website at redcrosscalling.org.au or phone
1800 008 831.
Australian Red Cross executive director SA.
SIR -- I have known Tony Piccolo since he
attended Gawler's High School.
He is not the type of person who would expect
firefighters to be called from fighting the disas-
trous hills fires experienced a few weeks ago.
If Tony had had the time, I'm sure he would
have joined in and helped all he could.
The Advertiser should get the facts straight.
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LIKE most things in politics,
partisanship will decide where you
sit on Member for Wake eld Nick
Champion's parliamentary record.
If you are to the left, you'll believe
that, as Mr Champion does, he is
standing up for the north whenever he
riles the Federal Government on the
oor of parliament, ultimately earning
the wrath of no-nonsense Speaker
Pundits to the right will suggest
Mr Champion needs to grow up and
would be better served standing up for
his electorate by supporting policies
which aid job creation.
Mr Champion's impish grin is either
going to make you smile at a typical
Aussie larrikin, or express disgust at the
disrespect he is showing his position.
If you take an objective view,
however, you'll note that Mr
Champion's antics are merely a
re ection of the methods by which
both political sides now try to frustrate
those across the aisles from them,
particularly when in opposition.
Liberal power broker Christopher
Pyne, a parliamentarian who de es
objective viewing from most, previously
held the sin-bin record, a constant
thorn in the side of Labor-appointed
Meanwhile, the speakers appear
to be less and less objective about
their role, with Ms Bishop now the
record holder for the number of
parliamentarians sin-binned, topping
a recent predecessor, Harry Jenkins, for
It would seem both sides are just
as bad as each other and we'd all be
better served if they just got on with
the job, instead of grandstanding for
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