Mildura Weekly : Friday June 13 Vol 8 No 32
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 13/06/14 The prayer of the Jew go- ing something like this: “It is our duty to praise the Master of all, to ascribe greatness to the Author of creation . . . . We bow in worship and thank the Supreme King of kings, the Holy One, blessed is He . . . . TheLordisGodinthe heavens above and on earth below. There is no other.” The Muslim: “Praise be to Allah, Lord of Creation, the compassionate, the Merciful, King of judgment-day. You alone we worship and to you alone we pray for help. Guide ustothestraightpath....” The Christian: “Our Fa- ther, who art in heaven, hal- lowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heav- en....” All magnificent senti- ments. We must teach our children such prayers — and somehow convince them to live by what they say. Consider the phenom- enon of suicide bombing — a dreadful problem that peace- desiring Muslims, and the rest of us, seem unable to solve. What is taught in Islamic schools (and all schools) must include a love for what is in common to our faiths . . . . Plus a love for those whose faith is different from ours (yet with so much that is good that we hold in com- mon). If all adherents of all three religions were to say (and mean) the words of the Pope’s tweet at least once a day.... Might that be the start of something good? Arnold Jago Mildura It’s time to speak up against abuse Sir, As Commissioner for Senior Victorians, I am urging Victo- rians everywhere – including Sunraysia residents – to speak up against elderly abuse as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. All seniors should be able to live healthy, active and independent lives as part of their local communities, and to do that, our seniors need to feel safe, be free from discrim- ination and harm and have their rights respected. We know that some Victorian se- niors experience neglect, oth- ers abuse, with the most com- mon abuse financial. We also know that se- niors experience psychologi- cal, social, sexual or physi- cal abuse –sometimes at the hands of loved ones. Figures show that around five percent of older people may experi- ence abuse – and that could be higher because people are afraid to speak up. This is why World El- der Abuse Awareness Day is so important. It is a time to shine a light on elder abuse – a hidden problem in our soci- ety that more people need to become aware of. The first step is raising awareness and talking about elder abuse and how people can get help. World Elder Abuse Aware- ness Day is a day where we can all say ‘no’ to elder abuse, and let senior Victorians know they have the right to live without fear. I want to encourage anyone who may be experiencing elder abuse to contact Senior Rights Vic- toria on 1300 368 821, where advice is free and confiden- tial. More information about World Elder Abuse Aware- ness Day is available by visit- ing www.weaad.org.au, and I encourage people to find out more about this initiative. Gerard Mansour Commissioner for Senior Victorians The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 10 Mildura Weekly – 13/06/14 Mildura Weekly – 13/06/14 Mildura Weekly 10 Mildura Weekly – 13/06/14 Mildura Weekly – 13/06/14 Mildura Weekly The editor’s pick of comments made on the Mildura Weekly’s Facebook page this week... Facebook feedback Election campaign anger Sir, We all remember the National Party’s campaign to get Mr Broad across the line, over half a million spent, life-size print- ed flags like a forest outside every booth with more money spent on the campaign than he will actually earn over the term of government. I found his whole cam- paign quite similar to the epi- sode of the Simpsons where Mr Burns attempted to be rec- ognised as a god for taxation purposes. So, are the Nationals de- livering us value for money? After nine months all the Member for Mallee has pro- duced is a few failed launches at humor and an attempt to attach himself to an irrigation upgrade that was already in motion prior to the election. I believe it’s time we de- mand that a cap be placed on the total allowed to be spent by a candidate and place a ban on political material around polling booths to ensure a fair run for all candidates. Meanwhile, I have a ques- tion for the Member for Mildu- ra Peter Crisp. Given that the people of Mildura are waking up to the abhorrent amount of money wasted on campaigns, and that you, with the Victo- rian government, have already spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars advertising your ‘promises’, would you now, in the interests of democ- racy, be prepared to limit your total campaign spending to a conservative $20,000? This amount will still far outspend most of your com- petition and retain your ad- vantage, but given you have been in office for eight years, you should have a long list of accomplishments on which to hang your hat, and to be quite blunt Mr Crisp, if you’re incapable of running a good campaign with such limited funds, then you have no place in managing a multi-billion dollar economy. I await your reply. Mark Cory Former federal candidate for Mallee Palmer United Party Merbein’s own market ‘a better choice’ Sir, I am astounded that the Sun- raysia Farmers Market has been invited to relocate their complete market to partici- pate at Merbein’s Vanilla Slice event on August 16. I was led to believe that the Vanilla Slice would be a benefit to the Merbein com- munity, and in that respect am dumbfounded as to why a market from Mildura has been invited to attend when Merbein’s own Street Market would make more sense? From all reports Merbein Street Market organisers have not been approached to take part in the event. Not a smart move in my opinion. Mickey Bottrell Merbein Prayer is all powerful Sir, Last Sunday, Israeli Presi- dent Shimon Peres and Pal- estinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited Pope Francis at the Vatican in order to pray together. The previous day, the Pope tweeted, “Prayer is all-power- ful. Let us use it to bring peace to the Middle East and peace to the world.” Within moments, his mes- sage was re-tweeted and ‘fa- vourited’ all around the world. How can these men pray together? What have they in common? Well, the prayers of all three faiths are so beautiful – among the most beautiful words known to mankind. With the colder weather starting to take hold, what’s your favourite comfort food? Jo Clutterbuck: A hearty casserole with chunks of meat and veggies with a thick, rich gravy, and for an extra treat, parsley dumplings. Yum! 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