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Shoulder to the wheel
SIR -- Re the budget: We have had two
years to learn!
Has Syria and Cairo nothing to teach us?
Laying blame on others achieves nothing.
Dire situations need dire action!
Australia is teetering on a cliff of fiscal
insolvency of compounding interest,
with no future to offer us or our grandchil-
Tighten your belts, play-oriented Australia,
and try working your way out of trouble.
Prime your living habits.
Cut your alcohol bills (we have been known
to live on water).
Wipe out gambling.
Waste nothing, particularly time, paid or
How disappointing to see our university
students forming in the worldwide epidemic
of negative violence.
Could we not expect dignity, restraint and
understanding from them?
Put your shoulder to the wheel, Australia,
and get behind our leaders so desperately,
honestly, trying to salvage our nation.
Audrey G. Polke,
as of July 1, all age pensioners will lose
$50 from their pensions, the supplement
Then it will be adjustment to pensions
twice a year. Subject to inflation rise and fall.
Then the Commonwealth will cut to state
governments, meaning we lose all the conces-
sions we have.
This is putting our standards to the 1932
I have argued with the Minister of Social
Services Kevin Andrews; he is saying, "They
have a debt to be paid."
Well, the John Howard Government has
gone down as the largest spending of any gov-
ernment in this country's history.
They borrowed money to send our troops
to the Middle East and (former Labor leader)
Simon Crean opposed the move.
Today, we are now the interest of $12 bil-
lion each year. That's the claim.
Then just look back into history of 1930
This country, virtually broke, introduced
tokens and food vouchers during the Great
Then coupons for everything during the
If these measures that this government is
proposing get passed in the Senate, then we
are going backwards to 1932 to 1945 years.
May the Lord save us age pensioners, be-
cause nothing will save this Federal Govern-
Munno Para West.
Move, Patty, move
SIR -- Having sat through watching one
of the poorest exhibitions of AFL foot-
ball (skill-wise) in the modern era, be-
tween the Crows and Carlton, only made
vaguely acceptable by the closeness of the
error-riddled game, I totally agree with
Graham Cornes (The Advertiser, May
17) when he wrote (re the previous win
by the Crows over Collingwood), "For as
poor as the Crows were at times with their
basic skills, they were at least desperate
and gave their coach 100 per cent effort
and intensity. They crushed Collingwood
which, surely, could play no worse".
Doesn't that intensity last for more than
And, Patrick Dangerfield, free agent at the
end of the season, a word of advice: if you
wish to play in a premiership side before you
retire from this magnificent game, get back to
Geelong as soon as you can!
SIR -- The widespread use of asbestos
in building materials last century means
that the material is still present in many
of our houses, schools and other public
Once asbestos is disturbed, fibres that are
released into the air can be inhaled and can
lead to deadly diseases, including mesothe-
We must do more, not less to eradicate the
That's why any moves to abolish the Asbes-
tos Safety and Eradication Agency would be
cause for serious concern.
Abolishing the agency would be a minor
cost-cutting measure and a false economy
because it ignores the long-term health and
economic costs that could result from wa-
tered-down efforts to address this vital public
As an asbestos lawyer I continue to see new
clients, recently diagnosed with asbestos-
related diseases, many of whom have been ex-
posed through home renovations.
The Federal Government has indicated that
they have made no final decision on the Com-
mission of Audit recommendation to scrap
the agency, and I strongly urge them to think
seriously about adopting this recommenda-
While asbestos is still present in our com-
munities, we must continue to make asbestos
safety and eradication a public health priority.
Slater & Gordon Lawyers.
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Steve Harrison: Prospect Council, years
ago, introduced bans on smoking in
outdoor dining areas and the cafes
and restaurants' outdoor dining areas
boomed! It is amazing how many people
do not use alfresco dining because of one
or two smokers and our experience at the
time was that 99 per cent of the smokers
were very obliging and smoked away
from the dining areas.
Marc Webb: Yes, it has proven extremely
successful in other states, too. It is only
the select few smokers who will abstain
all together, and for my money, they are
the ones that you don't really want there
Peter Coombe: South Australia loves to
create drama. You can ban all smokers
from smoking everywhere but then the
same people that dislike smokers, pollute
the gulfs, the creeks and other waterways
with their cars, that leak oil, leave rubber
on the roads and fumes in the air. So do
the anti-smokers win? Of course not.
Marie Miller: Less.
SMOKING WILL BE BANNED IN OUTDOOR DINING AREAS ACROSS
THE STATE BY JULY 2016.
WILL THIS AFFECT YOUR DINING HABITS? WILL YOU BE
FREQUENTING LOCAL HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS LESS OR MORE
ONCE THESE REGULATIONS ARE IN PLACE?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Bobridge track incomplete - page 10
South Australian politics is the gift
that keeps on giving.
Martin Hamilton-Smith's soldier-of-
fortune act to transfer his support to
Jay Weatherill's Labor Government is
a moment almost unparalleled in SA
It is a move that has stunned a state
that thought it had probably seen it all
with the past defections of conservative
MPs Peter Lewis, Karlene Maywald and,
most recently, Geo Brock to the left.
Whatever the recriminations that are
to come for Mr Hamilton-Smith, the
move could be a positive one for a state
seeking stability of government, not
teetering on a minority knife-edge, and
a win for small business owners, whom
the newly independent member will be
representing as minister.
Small business owners have often felt
ignored by the ALP and Mr Hamilton-
Smith will now be able to lobby strongly
for their rights.
He will have the opportunity to push
reforms that are not traditionally on the
If he uses his position wisely, that is.
The Liberal Party, which featured small
business heavily in its campaign, is,
obviously, reeling at this latest betrayal
and, while it will be all too easy to blame
Hamilton-Smith and call him a traitor,
those still within the party must do some
Remember, a little over three months
ago, Premier Weatherill was on the cusp
of resigning his position, with the polls
suggesting the ALP was going to get the
Now, Labor has a majority government,
thanks to three disa ected conservatives,
and it is not the rst time this has
In the words of opposition leader
Steven Marshall, this is a massive act
of betrayal, but the Liberals only have
themselves to blame.
Those in power within the Liberal
Party need to stand in the hall of mirrors,
have a look around and embark upon a
campaign for change, or face being in
opposition for another long decade.
Bunyip editor Rob McLean & Sandie
McConnell from Barossa Radio gave talks
on Journalism & Radio Broadcasting at
the Trinity College Career Expo - A Day in
the Life on Thursday, May 22.
Great front page pic last week, Mary.
Well done on your front page and
celebration of Gawler's 175 last week. A
wonderful photo and a great read.
Trev, Evanston Park.
My prognosis is very poor, going forward.
I cannot pay my GP 'co-payment' fee,
going forward. My 'gap payment' to my
specialist (at least $50 per consultation)
is exorbitant and outrageous, going
forward. From a cardiac patient, NOT
My tip if the co-payment is introduced
for appointment at the doctors at $7 it
will go, likewise the public dental scheme
has done. That started at $8 and is now
$50. Should be at the hospital end of the
scheme. Just hope it gets knocked out by
the Senate next week.
Colin, Munno Para West.
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