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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
WHEN and how to celebrate Australia
Day and the issue of dispossession of
Aboriginal people by Europeans are
But there is another which is of greater
and longer term impact.
That is the continuance of dispossession
which threatens not just Indigenous
culture but Australia’s survival.
Aboriginal people occupied this land for
between 40-60,000 years coming to terms
with its environment.
The variety of cultural and other
arrangements which evolved over
that very long period indicate that
they contained important elements of
In contrast there are a great number
of indicators of the environmental
unsustainability of the practices
developed and being further extended
by the invaders. Specifically, the push
for ever more population and economic
growth is increasingly unsustainable.
The present policy of both major parties
is to run one of the largest immigration
programs in the world – 200,000 per year.
Aboriginal people have never been asked
how they view the size and strategy of the
The present immigration program
extends Aboriginal dispossession both
through numbers and the enormous
deflection of resources to provide the
infrastructure for the new arrivals.
THE other day I was sitting
under the shade of the carport
contemplating the complexities of
the universe as one does from time
I realised there are parallels here
Take the vexed question of what
makes an Australian.
We tell newcomers to “have a go ya
mug” and when they do and become
successful we lampoon them saying
that they live off the smell of an oily
rag and they are all work and no play.
newcomers regardless of race, color or
creed, yet at the same time embrace
their culture and cuisine with gusto.
We tell the world we are a laid back
and tolerant people.
We do this by taking the Micky
out of one another, but somebody we
down on like a ton of bricks.
People who come to this beautiful
land down under are forgiven for
saying, “Australians! They’re a weird
IN A letter to the editor titled ‘Fire
danger’ (The Courier, December 20),
the writer expressed concern over the
lack of roadside weed control in the
Adelaide Hills Council area including
blackberry and bracken fern.
I write that the problem also exists
in the Mt Barker Council district and
includes gorse, briar and broom on both
private land and on the roadsides.
Since its inception, the Natural
Resource Management Board (NRM)
has assumed the role of the previous
Mid-Hills Pest Plant Control Board
and in this time weed management –
in particular woody weed control – has
Landowners have a responsibility to
keep their properties weed free and
this should be enforced.
Instead of the NRM running ‘feel good’
workshops for landholders they should
be supplied with equipment and sprays
and send them out to clean up and
maintain the roadside environment
and keep it weed free.
This would make them useful instead
of just being compliance officers.
I UNDERSTAND that the RSPCA
is going to start focussing on training
people in proper care for their dogs, cats
and other domestic pets.
However, I question their advertising
themselves “for all creatures great and
What are they doing about the transport
of sheep, cattle, goats and chickens
in searing heat, as I witnessed today
(January 18) in Birdwood?
At 2pm, two sheep transporters drove
through Birdwood with obviously
distressed animals on board. It was 40C.
Imagine how hot the steel floors in these
trucks get – not to mention the dog boxes
When is something going to be done to
put a temperature limit on farm animal
Meanwhile, one sees sheep, cows and
horses in paddocks all over the Hills with
no shade or shelter, enduring 40C heat or
freezing wind and rain.
I commend the organisation PETA and
other concerned groups for continuing
to point out the cruelty and lack of care
being shown to animals which appear to
have little or no legal protection.
THE Courier reports that the new SA
Best candidate for Kavel is arguing that
Mt Barker Hospital needs “an ongoing
rolling plan about how we can improve
the services on offer”.
I agree – that’s why almost 11 months
ago, the State Liberals committed to
develop a 10-year plan for health services
for the Hills region with a focus on two
particular challenges for the Mt Barker
First, the plan will see the hospital work
with the Women’s and Children’s Local
Health Network to strengthen paediatric
services in the Hills.
Secondly, building on our long-term
commitment to 24-hour emergency care at
Mt Barker Hospital, the plan will deliver
a stepped approach to evolve emergency
care, potentially supplementing the
GP-led service with resources such as
emergency paramedics, emergency nurse
practitioners and moving to an emergency
We have specifically committed to
assessing the viability of a renal dialysis
service at Mt Barker.
The local Liberal team, Dan Cregan
in Kavel and Josh Teague in Heysen,
will bring the dynamic, forward-looking
advocacy that the Hills desperately needs.
The people of the Hills, like the whole of
SA, need a majority Liberal Government
not a minority Labor Government
propped up by Nick Xenophon’s SA Best.
Stephen Wade MLC
Shadow Minister for Health
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