Mildura Weekly : Friday December 6 Vol 8 No 6
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 06/12/13 The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 1010 Mildura Weekly – 06/12/13 Mildura Weekly – 06/12/13 Mildura Weekly BEING a representative of the people in Parliament is a tough gig. The Nationals’ Andrew Broad, who made his maiden speech on Wednes- day as the new Member for Mallee (only the fourth Member since 1949), will find that out in the coming months and years. This is a job where you have to put political persuasions aside, where you often have to fight your own Govern- ment, as well as the Opposition, for the best deal possible, and it’s certainly a job where you have to fight the bureau- cracy. It is a job where you can’t please all the people all the time, or even some of the time, and it’s a job where you can’t even please some of the people all of the time. But Andrew comes across as a level- headed bloke who is prepared to listen to all people all of the time, so in that regard he’s off to a good start. He has a background as a man of the land, from all reports he has his feet planted firmly on the ground, he hasn’t done any grandstanding or given the Opposition the poisonous ‘spray’ that so many do, and he’s surrounded him- self with an obviously loyal, competent and dedicated staff. Like most people within Andrew’s huge electorate, the Mildura Weekly has a wish list of things we would like to see done...improved (safer) roads and rail freight service, a bus terminal, help with an indoor sports centre, a ‘Hall of Fame’ museum for our many sporting heroes, continued improvement to our health, education and policing needs, a close look at how our water is managed...the list is a long one, and time will tell. We like Andrew’s maiden speech. He is obviously only too aware of the bull dust that flies around the Parliamentary chamber. Name calling, shameful in- terjections, very, very bad manners, no respect. Anyone who has ever watched live broadcasts of our top politicians in action will know what we mean. Mildura has been very fortunate in having Federal and State Parliamentary representatives who are above all that... John Forrest, Milton Whiting, Ken Wright, Peter Crisp...to name a few. We are confident we can add Andrew Broad to that list in years to come. This is a region, and a country, that faces many challenges, and we look to our politicians to lead by example, to look after our best interests, and to en- sure we survive, and thrive, with peace and security in our electorate, regard- less of gender, political persuasion, race, age or religion. As we said, this is a tough gig. An- drew won’t always get it right, but we are confident, like some of the respect- ed local politicians who have served this region, that he will be doing his level best. That’s all we can ask, and we wish him the best of luck. * Andrew’s Mildura office is at 50 Madden Ave, Mildura, Phone: 03 5021 5987, and in Swan Hill it’s at 60 Camp- bell Street, Phone 03 5032 4510. Infor- mation about the Mallee electorate, which covers just on a third of Victoria, is available on 1300 131 620. EDITORIAL The editor’s pick of comments made on the Mildura Weekly’s Facebook page this week... Facebook feedback If you were Mayor of Mildura for a day, what would be the first thing you would do? Jen Jones: Rip up the railway that blocks clear access to – and views of – the river. Suzie Que: Sack all of the councillors. What Mildura needs and what they think Mildura needs are two different things. Lynton Grayson: Get rid of all the free usage of Council cars, that would save rate payers thousands. I would also install liquid soap in the toilets so we can wash our hands. Rod Healy: I’d start by lowering Council rates. Ian Felton: Make the carpark on Seventh Street opposite the Grand Hotel free parking, that way it’s not a money-making venture for private individuals. I would also put a public toilet in one of the vacant shops in the mall – it’s like the running of the Stawell Gift to get to the nearest toilet! Ben Benjamin: Free donuts for everyone! Helen Jack: Take a drive around Sunraysia and take a good look! Blocks that need clearing, roads that need fixing, footpaths that need to be laid etc. Tracy and Bruce Mollison: Open up the mall for more parking, and close it off like the end of Langtree Avenue for special events. Then maybe the shop owners will get more customers. Julianne Fitzgerald: Get that Casino happening... Chris Brown: If I was Mayor for a day, I would see what Mildura people want, and also help the Mildura community work together. Michael Campisi: Move the rubbish tip. How much rain have you recorded this morning? (This question was posted following Tuesday night’s/Wednesday morning’s storms). Ian Felton: Not sure, but the tadpoles have turned into frogs! Vickie Manley: 65mm in Underbool. Donna and Kim Bailey: Just checked our rain gauge – overnight and this morning we had a total of 40mm in Irymple. Tracy and Bruce Mollison: Too much, the weather is all over the place... This is Queensland weather! Julie Calaby: Rain gauge is FULL! At least 50mm (near PJs Mildura). Lyn Cooper: 13mm. Suzie Que: 51mm on the corner of 14th Street and Etiwanda Avenue. Give Clive a fair go! Sir, Why don’t we practice the democracy we hear so much about? The media should be unbiased by not continually supporting the BIG party’s. Give Clive Palmer a fair go. Too often he’s been shouted down without being given a chance. The Aussie way has been to give everyone a fair go. Has anyone noticed that a scared dog barks the loud- est? Are we to believe the BIG players are scared by all the noise they are making? Maybe Clive is gaining too much popularity, and it’s time for him to go to jail. Pauline Hanson was sent to prison to shut her up. What was her GREAT sin? Telling the truth! Jay Nauss Glen Aplin Thanks, but a correction Sir, Thank you for bringing our attention to the plight of people in the Philippines following the recent ty- phoon and the appeal be- ing launched to help them by Bob and Nelin Spary of Wentworth. Unfortunately, your front page article “We’re here for you” gave the im- pression that Bob is the pas- tor of the Uniting Church at Wentworth. Bob is indeed a pastor whose credentials were gained from another denomination, and he and Nelin and their son Nehe- miah are a valued part of the Wentworth Uniting church family, however, the fund- raiser is being organised in their capacity as missionar- ies to the Philippines, not as pastor of the church. Leadership in the Wen- tworth Uniting Church consists of a group of local leaders operating as a team with the support of myself as their resource Minister. There is no one pastor. This in no way detracts from the importance of their appeal or Bob and Nelin’s initia- tive in seeking to relieve the suffering of people in the Philippines and ensuring that the help gets where it is needed. They have the support of our congregation at Went- worth in this. There are also other appeals to help the people of the Philippines being run by the Uniting Church and other churches and international aid organ- isations if people wish to re- spond to these. It is important to sup- port those who are suffering in the Philippines, if we are able to. We often hear the say- ing that “charity begins at home” but do not of- ten hear the ending to this saying which says; “But it doesn’t end there !” Rev. 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