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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
THESE days we don’t ask a lot of our
They get paid an enormous amount of
money for a role which requires minimal
About the only thing we do require of
them is that they will spend taxpayers
money on themselves judiciously, and
that they will perform their job with
dignity and in a manner befitting of the
managers of this country.
Sadly it appears that even that, is too
much to expect!
A STRANGER approached my husband
in the Mt Barker shopping mall last
week and told him she loved his braces,
and admired men who wore them.
Did he feel threatened or consider her
remarks offensive? Of course not.
THIS may be the beginning of the end
for doping in Australian professional
Now for a complete ban on all sports
THE only reason Mayo MP Jamie
Briggs has fallen on his sword is because
he was found out.
The only reason Peter Dutton has
apologised for his apparently expletive-
littered derogatory text message is
because he stupidly sent it to the
These two insubstantial characters
have no place in the Federal Parliament
let alone as Ministers of the Government.
It seems that they, and some of their
mates, have learned nothing from our
2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty
who has been celebrated all around the
country for her unwavering commitment
to challenging disrespectful, abusive
behavior toward women such as
displayed by these two men.
The so-called consequences for their
actions are minimal. Women are sick and
tired of men getting away with behaving
badly; it’s not funny or forgotten with a
trite resignation or apology.
We start 2016 with Liberal Party
politicians making excuses yet again
for the foul, offensive behavior toward
women by some of their colleagues.
Are they really the best that the
Coalition Government has to offer?
JAMIE Briggs lets down not only his
constituency in the Mayo electorate, but
all Australians through his actions and
words during his trip to Hong Kong.
Then Peter Dutton accidentally sends
an abusive email to the person he was
actually launching his tirade against,
instead of his mate Mr Briggs.
What makes this most offensive is not
necessarily their words or actions, but
that the words and actions were even in
As Ministers of the Crown, what part of
their culture allows this to even surface
in their brain?
It’s a sad moment when we still have to
remind men, let alone Ministers, how to
Obviously the culture they work
within – or the boys club they belong
to – encourages such disparaging and
insulting remarks against women.
This whole disgraceful event deserves
much more than an apology.
It doesn’t seem that the misogyny in
Canberra has gone away.
SO WHAT are the Liberal voters of Mayo
meant to do in the forthcoming election?
To vote for Jamie Briggs will be to
condone his unsavory conduct of recent
With the coffee table/wheelchair incident
still hanging over him, he has now
behaved inappropriately towards a female
public servant and then compounded his
transgression by distributing her photo
among his mates.
All of this against a background of
questionable exploitation of Parliamentary
I, for one, don’t want the rest of Australia
to see us as apologists for Briggs.
It is surely incumbent on the Liberal
Party to put forward a local candidate
worthy of Mayo’s vote.
Based on facts
AS a Hills resident I am pleased to
read that the Adelaide Hills Council is
considering allowing a wood yard to be
developed on Kemp Road, Aldgate.
I note with interest the concerns of
a vocal few who appear happy for the
convenience of amenities – so long as it
isn’t on their street.
It is proposed that the wood yard is to
be established on a previous business
site well used to traffic and deliveries,
and with the recent closure of a nearby
wood yard would provide convenience
and service to the Hills community.
Progressive developments such as this
are community friendly and supported
by many local residents.
Development and planning decisions
should be based on facts.
When I come across someone
resorting to emotive language to make
their argument, I know that they are
asking me to respond on an emotional
level rather than considering the facts.
Briggs should resign
THE Christmas break must have been
quite a time for Mayo MP Jamie Briggs.
After revealing, belatedly, that he
had acted inappropriately in a Hong
Kong nightclub, he doubled down on
his harassment of a young woman
by circulating her photograph, which
somehow then appeared in the press.
He rightly resigned his portfolio (albeit
under duress), but given Mr Briggs is
clearly not fit to represent his country
overseas, or his Party in cabinet, the
people of Mayo are entitled to wonder if
he’s the best person to represent them
Whether or not he has any regard for
his constituents, if Mr Briggs has any
loyalty to his Party he should resign
now and give them a chance to field a
decent and competent candidate at the
Sophie Mirabella’s experience in her
seat of Indi shows that it doesn’t matter
who your mates are in Canberra. If you
take your electorate for granted, there’s
no such thing as a safe margin.
That’s a thought that should be causing
sleepless nights for the Liberal Party.
IT HAS been said that the Liberal
Party could pre-select a goat for the
electorate of Mayo and they would still
retain the seat.
While that does sound dismissive of
Liberal voters, it’s not such a bad idea.
At least a goat wouldn’t lie. (So, Mayo
MP Jamie Briggs, remind me. How did
you injure your knee?)
A goat wouldn’t be disrespectful to
women and it wouldn’t belong to a
I didn’t vote for Mr Briggs, but I’d
consider voting for a goat.
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