Mildura Weekly : Friday July 4 Vol 8 No 35
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 04/07/14 The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 10 Mildura Weekly – 04/07/14 Mildura Weekly – 04/07/14 Mildura Weekly We welcome letters from our readers. These can be submitted by email to lettersdesk@milduraweekly. com.au or addressed to the Mildura Weekly at 424 San Mateo Avenue, Mildura, Victoria, 3500. They can also be hand delivered to the same address. We prefer brevity – not more than 250 words – and they must be accompanied by your name, a residential or business address, and contact telephone number. ‘Open door’ dangerous Sir, I write in reply to Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council president Peter By- rne. Mr Byrne, you have not researched the dangers to Australia’s future security by allowing boat people to flood into Australia without any identification papers or security screening. My reasons for being against an ‘open door, come if you wish and we will keep you forever policy’ has been highlighted. It is reported that 150 or more people who came to Australia by boats without screening and who lived on the dole while here are now in Iraq fighting with the Is- lamic extremist group ISIS. We have no way of know- ing how many of the thou- sands of people who arrived by boats illegally are of the same mind-set as those 150. Every country, including Australia, has the right and duty to its people to only accept people who follow the correct procedures of en- try, and who are carefully screened to ensure they will be an asset to the country, not a burden. The people waiting in our detention centres who riot and burn them down must never be allowed into Austra- lia. These people must be im- mediately returned to where they came from. Lawyers who take cases against Australia at taxpayer expense must pay for the case out of their pocket. I worked in Saudi Arabia for four years. They employ several million people from the same countries as those coming to Australia. These people are carefully screened before they enter Saudi Arabia. I worked outside Austra- lia for seven-and-a-half years, and in every country I entered I had to have a valid passport, stipulated paperwork and a visa. If I didn’t have these things I would have been de- nied entry or put in jail. In Saudi Arabia I had a very mixed variety of people on my work teams from the same country as those com- ing to Australia. I got on very well with them, and they with each other, even though there was a strong mix of racial and eth- nic differences. They openly talked to me about this, say- ing that when they went home they could very well “be killing each other again.” North and south Sudan have ceased their war for the moment, while most of their neighbouring countries also endure constant civil wars. The bleeding heart peo- ple in Australia and the shiny heads in the UN who say we are obliged to let anyone into Australia could be in for trou- ble should racial and ethnic tensions boil over. The article in Mildura Weekly (June 20, 2014), stated that 4000 people from more than 65 countries had already arrived in the region, with more coming. There is not enough per- manent work in Mildura for the local people, nor is there housing. Australia also has a $700billion debt – which is rising daily – so the question must be asked - who is pay- ing these people? What is going to happen to Mildura if thousands of people with opposing po- litical, ethnic, racial and reli- gious get fed up and go back to their old ways? Look what happened in Sudan between north and south. Many of the African countries have constant civil wars. We don’t want this here! Peter Whitfield Trentham Cliffs Broad on the money Sir, RE: Federal Member for Mal- lee Andrew Broad on retire- ment age in Mildura Weekly last Friday. I could not agree more with his opinion about not rais- ing the retirement age to 70 years. What a backward step for Australia that would be! We’ve had this issue splashed across the newspa- pers over the past months, but I have not heard if this affects politicians, or are there pensions exempt once retiring from politics? I believe anyone in the workforce, whether a poli- tician or not, should not receive one cent until they reach retirement age, and should they leave politics at an earlier date, they apply for benefits through Centrelink like everyone else. Take the ex-prime minis- ter Julia Gillard for example. Is she worth all the money, lurks and perks she will get for the rest of her life for contributing so little to the Australian people? I doubt it very much. Tony Brown Mildura Bring back the fairness Sir, This is something I’ve thought should have hap- pened a long time ago, irre- spective of my or your vot- ing preference, this should apply to all politicians! This is one idea that real- ly should be passed around because the rot has to stop somewhere. These are pro- posals that would make pol- lies and bureaucrats shoul- der their share of the weight now that the age of entitle- ment is over! • 1. Scrap political pen- sions. Politicians can pur- chase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are ex- pected to. • 2. Retired politicians (past, present & future) par- ticipate in Centrelink. A Politician collects a substan- tial salary while in office but should receive no sal- ary when they’re out of of- fice. Terminated politicians under70cangogetajobor apply for Centrelink unem- ployment benefits like ordi- nary Australians. Terminated politicians under 70 can ne- gotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people. • 3. Funds already al- located to the Politicians’ retirement fund be returned immediately to Consoli- dated Revenue. This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchil- dren to repay for them. • 4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay rise. Politicians pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3%. • 5. Politicians lose their privileged health care sys- tem and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people. i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare. • 6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Austra- lian people. • 7. All contracts with past and present Politicians men/women are void effec- tive 31/12/14. The Austra- lian people did not agree to provide perks to politicians, that burden was thrust upon them Politicians devised all these contracts to ben- efit themselves. Serving in Parliament is an honour, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. This is how you fix Par- liament and help bring fair- ness back into this country! Denny Williams Merbein ASSET MANAGERS AUCTIONEERS AND VA LUERS PROPERTY AND BUSINESS SALES 1300 4 AUCTION (1300 4 282 8466) www.dmsdavlan.com.au Adelaide Brisbane Cairns Darwin Devonport Dubbo Melbourne Mildura Moree Perth Shepparton Sydney To owoomba To wnsville Wa gga Wa gga TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE: PAYMENT TERMS: Cash, Bank Cheque, EFTPOS (2.2% fee applies) or by direct deposit. PAYMENTS: to be made by following business day. BUYERS PREMIUM: Buyers premium will apply to all lots. GST: Sale will be conducted on a GST exclusive basis (Hammer Price + GST) FINANCE AVAILABLE: MFL the preferred financier for both Emmett’s & Haeusler’s . Pre Approved Finance can be arranged. Special discounted interest rates available for the auction. Call Mark Cornell today on 0428 135 303. Conditions apply. Finance available through Mildura Finance Limited (Australian Credit Licence number: 385395). To approved commercial customers only. Fees & Charges are payable. SURPLUS MACHINERY AUCTION Thursday 10th July @11.00am (CONDUCTED UNDER COVER) ON SITE: Wimmera Machinery Field Day Site, Longerenong College, Longerenong Under the instructions from Haeusler’s Farm Machinery and Emmett’s Machinery we will sell the following by way of public auction: COMBINE HARVESTERS John Deere 1x9870STS 2x9860STS 2x9760STS 2x9660STS 2x9750STS 1x9600 1xCTSII 1x7720 1x9650CWS Case IH 1x7088 1x2377 1x2344 1x8120 2x8010 1x2388 1x2188 1x1680 Massey Ferguson 8780 TRACTORS 4WD: Case IH 1 x STX485 1x9170 John Deere 1x9400 2x9200 1x8570 1x8640 1x8560 New Holland 9282 TRACTORS FWA: John Deere 1 x 8520T 1x8430 1x8130 1x7600 1x2650 Massey Ferguson 8260 Case IH 2xIHMX270 1xJX1070U Chamberlain 4090 New Holland 60-66 SPRAY ERS Self Propelled John Deere 4830 Patriot 4420 Trailing Goldacres 6000ltr 36mtr HAY EQUIPMENT Krone 1290HDP Baler John Deere 466 Silage CONDITIONERS Case IH DCX131 Agland 6610 Macerator Kuhn T-C 313G II RIDE ON MOWERS John Deere LA125 John Deere F510 Front Deck MTD 11.5/32 Stockman 2 x John Deere LTR155 MISCELLANEOUS Morris 7180 Air Cart Leica Mojo Guidance System Daybreak 30” Disc Seeder 2x35”AirReel 3 x Wheatheart 71’ x10’”pto auger 1 x Wheatheart 61’ x 10” pto auger 3 x Wheatheart 51’ x 10” pto auger 4 x Wheatheart 51’ x 8” pto auger Enquiries: Gerard Nolen 0418 109 036 Richard Skellern: 0418 974 599 Inspection: Day prior 9am - 4pm and from 8am day of sale Please note: most combine harvesters will be sold with fronts MOSTLYUNRESERVED 50% OFF COMPLETE GLASSES INCLUDING THE LATEST DESIGNERS When you choose 1 pair of complete glasses with PENTAX standard single vision lenses from a select range in the $149 collection or above. * OVER150FRAMES *Other lens types and extra options not included. Offer ends 6th July 2014. Not to be used in conjunction with any other of fer including 2 pairs for 1 low price. Frames available while stocks last. Specsavers Mildura Central: (Next to Ta rget), corner 15th St & Deakin Ave, 5021 4913. Visit specsavers.com.au to find out more.
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