Home' The Bunyip : August 6th 2014 Contents Page 24 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, August 6, 2014
SIR -- I would like to thank all those who
supported Laura's Cambodian movie night
fundraiser last Monday night at Gawler
The outstanding effort by Joy and John and
their staff at Gawler Cinemas was amazing and
makes one grateful for their community spirit.
We achieved our fundraising goal, making
the trip with Reach Out volunteers possible.
The winner of the raffle for the quilt (lov-
ingly made by Laura's grandma Margaret) was
Beryl Foster, of Gawler.
Thank you, again, to all who contributed.
SIR -- The downing of the Malaysian Air-
line flight MH17 is, without doubt, a ter-
rible tragedy and the resulting grief and
trauma for the families and friends of those
lost is, quite simply, awful.
We all send our love and prayers to them.
However, I find the political grandstanding
of our Prime Minister Tony Abbott hypocriti-
cal.We do need to show respect for the dead and
give dignity to their last journey; we should sup-
port and enable the grieving relatives to have
meaningful ceremonies in their breavement.
But, what is Mr Abbott doing about the liv-
Where is his compassion for the hundreds of
asylum seekers incarcerated on Christmas Is-
land, Manus Island and Nauru?
Human Rights Commission president Pro-
fessor Jillian Triggs recently returned from
Christmas Island and her report is damning of
the Federal Government's treatment of asylum
The government's stripping away of (living)
people's dignity, and any hope they cling to of
being recognised as refugees in the global con-
text, shows no respect for our fellow human
Furthermore, detaining them in a remote
location is a cruel and tortuous act of abuse
-- more in line with dealing with convicted
criminals than with (living) people fleeing op-
pression and violence in their own countries.
Professor Triggs pointed out that most of the
people she saw and interviewed on Christmas
Island are in a state of severe depression, lead-
ing to serious mental and physical health prob-
She expressed particular concern for the
health of the women and children living there;
innocent children in detention.
This appalling situation is a direct result of
the government's refusual to assess the asylum
seekers' claims to refugee status.
Mr Abbott's 'Operation Bring Them Home'
(a very quirky George W. Bush-style operational
name) is all well and good, but we also want an
'Operation Give Them A Home' for the people
who have for so long been consigned beyond
the borders of our so-called 'civilised' society.
SIR -- Recently I entered and completed an
event titled, 'The Big Red Run' a six-day
150-kilometre staged running event across
the Simpson Desert starting at Birdsville.
Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank my
family and friends and all those across the re-
gion who encouraged me and supported my
I am most grateful and feel humbled by your
kindness and reassuring words.
Apart from being a significant personal chal-
lenge, the event was a major fundraiser for the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Before I entered this event I had no idea as to
the gravity of type 1 diabetes and that it is a life-
long autoimmune disease that usually occurs in
childhood but can be diagnosed at any age and
affects over 123,000 Australians.
Through the generosity of so many, I was able
to raise (to date) $2156.85 toward the delivery
of ongoing stream of therapies, prevention and
hopefully through research, a cure.
I trust my efforts in the Big Red Run may
inspire others to take up a challenge in order
to achieve incredible things, sometimes even
against the odds.
However, and most importantly, to support
and raise much needed funds for this insidi-
ous disease that affects many more young peo-
ple in our communities than you may be aware
of.Thank you all, so much, for taking an inter-
est in my journey and associated fundraising
activities -- good luck with any challenge you
may take on.
SIR -- With firewood now at $300 per
tonne and likely to go up higher, I won-
der why the pilot scheme to grow timber
from the wastewater at Bolivar was never
It must be nearly 20 years that the trial plots
were first planted, and if that idea had been en-
couraged it may well have grown into a large
urban forest by now able to supply 1000 tonnes
per year of clean and dry hard-wood to the Ad-
An urban forest several kilometres in size
could be a productive business for fuel mer-
chants who could own or lease plots of trees
for eventual harvesting while also being a rec-
reation area for the north, cut back on waste
water that goes into the gulf and be a boon to
At the present time, much of our firewood
comes from Victoria and I believe that will dry
up into the future, and the demand will surely
grow as many people like a real fire and electric-
ity will also get more expensive.
Besides, as some in the green movement may
dislike wood fires, they are carbon neutral, it's
the half-dry and poor-quality wood that should
not be burned.
Such plantation wood could be correctly
dried before sale, and provide employment
to people in the north as well as cut down on
trucking from the eastern states.
Of course, as with all forestry there is a time
element involved, a minimum of 10 years and
more likely 15 before harvesting could make a
profit, but every thing starts small, 20 years have
gone with nothing to show but a trial plot.
SIR -- Many of those who mock the con-
cept of Divine Creation, believed in by a
majority of practising Christians, Mus-
lims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews, claim
that evolution is an established fact and
cite Charles Darwin's work, particularly
as published in "On the Origin of Species
by Means of Natural Selection", although
they are generally careful to avoid risking
But they never cite other Darwin theories
(which he proffered as fact) such as males are
"more evolutionarily advanced than females",
that as a married man he would be a "poor slave,
. . . worse than a Negro", some of the traits of
women "are characteristic of the lower races",
"the child, the female, and the senile white" all
had the intellect and nature of the "grown up
Negro", and "the average of mental power in
man must be above that of women".
It is intellectually dishonest to accept, and
teach in schools, those of Darwin's theories
that are politically correct, while disregarding,
and not teaching, those that do not suit the
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Advice will be issued on charity report-
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2014 Annual Information Statements;
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ACNC commissioner Susan Pascoe
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"We are holding these sessions to help
charities meet their obligations and to en-
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"Of the 450 registered charities located
in Gawler and nearby areas, over 100 still
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