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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
Church and State
I READ with great concern in the final
Courier of last year, the report “School
seeks Council funding for centre” and
your supportive editorial.
One of the founding principles of our
Australian Commonwealth was the
separation of Church and State.
All religions could practise within
the impartial legislative framework
and governance structure of the State,
without fear or favor. The “State”, of
course, includes all levels of government
Federal, State and local.
Now we see the cash-strapped Mt Barker
Council being asked to provide $2.5m of
ratepayers’ funds for a development at St
Francis de Sales College.
However, the proposed sport and
conference centre will favor one
particular religious group and help give
their school an additional competitive
asset in the commercial battle between
various religious enterprises and their
privately-owned (but taxpayer funded)
Most ironically, these enterprises are
actually working against the public good
because the purpose of any religious
school is to divide the community along
religious sectarian lines.
The State should provide facilities
that do not have any ulterior motives
attached, other than access for all and
for the good of the whole community, to
unite the community. This should apply
to sporting facilities, community centres,
performing arts centres, and schools.
By supporting the expansion of a
religious school with ratepayer funds,
our council too would be supporting the
sectarian religious divide within our
Occasional use of a basketball court
by a few members of the public is a poor
trade off and must be rejected.
CRY me a river Jamie Briggs.
We all make mistakes, Mayo made
a big one and paid the heavy price by
voting in a politician who behaves like
Ridiculously over the top response to
his actions? I don’t think so, especially
in light of the fact that it’s not just one
He also distributed the photo of the
female public servant to other like
minded politician mates.
Scary that there are more like him
managing the country but obviously
there are – like his buddy Peter Dutton.
It’s not a dump
WE VOLUNTEER at the Stirling
Opportunity Shop once a week and have
done so for several years.
We have been appalled at the filthy
rubbish, damaged and useless goods
which are left there regularly when
the shop is closed, but particularly over
The volunteer who empties all the bags
outside and inside the bin each morning
is dedicated and works hard.
It is so infuriating to see what she has
to cope with through the thoughtless,
inconsiderate and just plain lazy people
In fact, it borders on abuse of her good
and generous nature.
Dirty clothes would not be hung in a
wardrobe or dirty underwear put in a
drawer, so why would they be suitable for
If people are dropping off goods because
it enables them to avoid rubbish dump
fees, they should realise that others have
to clean up after them and costs are
What makes a person think dirty, ripped
and unserviceable clothes and goods are
appropriate for those less fortunate than
ourselves or that it’s okay for a volunteer
to handle this filth.
It is not just one or two people who are
the culprits, but many people every week.
Of course, the charity shop is grateful
for all useful and thoughtful donations.
However, a good and worthy cause
is made far more difficult because of
inconsiderate people who just want to get
rid of their junk the cheapest, easiest and
quickest way they can.
Use your own bin and put some in it
The shop is not an alternative dump.
Merle and Malcolm Biggs
JAMIE Briggs paid a just price for his
Those who volunteer in our
emergency services and get injured
with insufficient compensation pay a
Our armed service personnel who
get shoved off by politicians like him
and come home damaged and have to
fight tooth and nail for support while
our government tries to reduce their
benefits pay a heavy price.
Our police who put their lives on the
line, get injured and serve a government
that wants to reduce compensation,
they pay a heavy price.
Mr Briggs has a warped view of his
value to the community and what
constitutes a “heavy price”.
DOES Jamie Briggs really believe
that the drivel he dished up in last
week’s Courier is acceptable to the
voters of Mayo?
I found his attitude contemptible.
It wasn’t an apology ... it was nothing
more than lame excuses.
Imagine if his misdemeanors were
repeated by a school teacher, policeman
or a bank clerk ... they wouldn’t get a
second chance, they’d all be out on their
So why isn’t Briggs?
This might be an opportune time for
an independent Liberal to run for Mayo
if only to give voters the opportunity to
support someone more deserving.
Under the influence
JAMIE Briggs claims he has paid
a heavy price for his indiscretions in
But what about the young public
servant who was on the receiving end
of his unwelcome attentions?
Was Mr Briggs under the influence
of alcohol when he later circulated her
photograph to some of his cronies, and
which was subsequently passed on to
the Murdoch press? If not, what was
his motivation for doing so?
PERHAPS Mr Briggs should have
read your editorial before taking part
in your interview, in particular your
advice about rebuilding trust.
By the same token we also need to
point the finger at the pre-selection
committees – not just of the Liberal
Party but the Labor Party as well.
If we want to clean up Parliament,
then perhaps the first step would be
not to preselect candidates such as Mr
Briggs. It seems one’s character is of
little consequence when preselecting
someone for a safe seat.
JAMIE BRIGGS – I PAID A HEAVY PRICE
AS A voter who helped vote Jamie
Briggs in, I have no sympathy for him.
My frustration and disappointment is
because we had our local SA member in
the Ministry and now we don’t.
That is a high price for SA to pay and
is of more concern to me than Jamie’s
Spare a thought
WHILE Mr Briggs was homesick and
turning to alcohol for comfort, he should
have thought about our troops overseas
who are away from their families for
months, some of whom never return.
What a cop out
YOUR article about Jamie Briggs
being homesick – what a cop out!
Myself and thousands of Australians
are away from our families due to work
but we don’t go around behaving like a
drunken hormone-imbalanced teenager.
Mr Briggs ... it’s time to leave politics.
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