Mildura Weekly : Friday September 5 Vol 8 No 44
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU Poignant Indonesia trade trip for Broad • From previous page “For much of our history Australia has tended to look over Indonesia and talk about China, Japan and Korea, while Indonesia has tended to look north,” he said. “I take a strong view that a stable, strong, grow- ing and wealthy Indonesia is in Australia’s national interests. Two-way trade between Austra- lia and Indonesia is in the order of $15 billion per year. “Australian farmers know that we cannot feed the people of Indonesia, but through part- nering with our producers we can complement their farmers and their production systems and that, ultimately, can have some good outcomes for both countries.” Mr Broad said the live cattle export business was one ex- ample. He visited three feedlots in Sumatra, saying he was very pleased to see the results of the system the previous govern- ment had introduced, and the fact that it has been taken up. “Lifts in animal welfare for Australian and Indonesian cat- tle and the standard of feedlots was First World,” he said. “We should be commending Indo- nesians on that, and be proud of our involvement in the trade, and what it has done. “Australia partners with In- donesia to lift their standards of living. Indonesia has a popu- lation of 240 million people, including 110 million who still live on less than $2 a day. Things are improving. However, there are still significant challenges with HIV, childhood education and children’s life expectancy. “Australia spends $600 mil- lion a year in aid to Indonesia. It is a significant investment. We are investing in economic growth, finance programs, jus- tice reforms, education, health, disaster relief and rural develop- ment. I wonder whether we can better badge our investment to further win hearts and minds of everyday Indonesians. That is something we should look at.” As part of the two-week trip, Mr Broad met with newly-elect- ed members of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, the party of President-elect Joko Widodo, and said it was impor- tant to develop those relation- ships because ultimately, coun- try-to-country relationships started with people-to-people relationships. “We look forward to a strong working relationship with Pres- ident-elect Widodo after he is sworn in on October 20,” he said. “We commend the Indo- nesians for embracing democ- racy. A man or woman in the street now has a strong say on how their country is run. De- mocracy is something we value, and it is increasingly being val- ued by the people of Indonesia. “It is great to see their on- going attack on corruption, the enemy of prosperity. Individual honest endeavour has to be re- warded within an economy if communities are to increase wealth. Allowing and support- ing corruption blunts that en- deavour. “Indonesia is going to be in- strumental to our prosperity in the future. A strong and stable Indonesia is in our national in- terest. Mine was a worthwhile trip, and I hope that Members of Parliament continue to build good relationships with coun- tries in our region.” IT’S a birthday party with a twist...the 150th anniversary of settlement at Chowilla Station, near Renmark, and just about every man and his dog...and their boats...should be there for a full day of cruises, entertainment, and black- smith and shearing demonstrations. Some of Sunraysia’s best-known boats, and some not-so -well-known vessels, are planning a flotilla for the big occasion...the only span- ner in the works would be a low river – and it’s not looking good. The party, thrown by station owners James and Kerrie Robertson, doesn’t start until Sun- day, September 21, but the boats have to leave the week before – Saturday, September 13, to make sure they get there on time. The river is low, expected to get lower downstream of Wentworth, and passage below Locks 10, 9, 8 and 7...especially Lock 7, could be a problem, especially for the bigger boats. Paddleboat and river historian Frank Tuck- er, RIGHT, has fingers crossed, because he reck- ons the Chowilla birthday is an event not to be missed, with the (scheduled) flotilla of vessels to include the paddlesteamers Marion from Mannum, Oscar W from Goolwaa, the Indus- try from Renmark, the Daisy from Lock 9 and the Ruby from Wentworth. And Frank is pleased that a number of pri- vately-owned craft from Sunraysia will also at- tend, depending on river heights, with around 10 boats departing as part of a flotilla that will leave the Old Mildura Wharf at 9am next Sat- urday. If all goes according to plan, the boats, plus the historic old Willaba lifeboat, LEFT, will pass under the Abbottsford bridge around 2.30pm, cruise down to Wentworth for an overnight stay, and leave for Chowilla early the following morning. • Continued next page Visitors from three States...and probably further afield...are set to travel by road, and also by river, to help celebrate a special occasion at a historic location on the Murray between Wentworth and Renmark in just over a week. Chowilla to draw crowd to birthday bash, but...
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