Home' The Loxton News : September 24th 2014 Contents 6 – The Loxton News, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Thank you and congratulations to The
Loxton News for their splendid and thor-
ough coverage of our local sporting finals.
It was excellent.
While in Berri recently I overheard a
young woman say to another, “Just as long
as we beat Loxton. They win everything”.
I had a quiet chuckle to myself.
The sporting prowess of Loxton, it seems,
My husband’s declining health has
brought us into the arms of Palliative
Care, Community Health and Respite Care,
and what wonderful services these organisa-
The ladies who come into our home
are considerate, compassionate and totally
professional, and their care and support is
We are so lucky in the Riverland to
have such outstanding home-based care,
and I thank the Commonwealth and Country
Health SA for funding it.
Imust surely be one of the luckiest people
in this country.
I had the pleasure/sadness of being invited
to St Albert’s Catholic School principal
Jason Mittiga’s farewell surprise dinner last
night (Friday, September 19).
I have always – since Raelene Edwards
asked me to attend to assist the students with
reading – admired and considered myself
privileged to be involved with the students,
staff of all types and the parents/grandpar-
ents, I happen to meet during my time at
But that night, parents and no doubt friends
of Jason’s that have never met before, all
spoke to me. Little grandson Xavier was a
bit doubtful as to what “that old thing was”.
Jason, you and Jenny will be greatly
missed. Thank you for having me at school.
FAREWELL TO PRINCIPAL: PAGE 3
Level the price wars
In the wake of Woolworths’ recent ‘cheap,
cheap bread’ campaign, I will move to
reinstate a key part of competition law.
Until 1995, Australia’s competition laws
contained a specific prohibition against a
firm charging a different price to different
persons or groups for the same product or
The abolition of then-Section 49(1) of the
Trade Practices Act was severely criticised
by dairy farmers and the Australian Food
and Grocery Council in a 2011 Senate
Committee Inquiry into the ‘milk price
Woolworths’ latest discounting gimmick
of 85c loaves of bread might seem appeal-
ing to consumers, but in the long run it
will cripple the independent supermarkets
who can’t access bread at that price from
suppliers. When independents are pushed
out of business that hurts competition and
Whether it’s milk, petrol or bread, why
shouldn’t the competitors of Coles and
Woolworths be able to access prices from
suppliers at the same cost as the big two?
Prohibiting this sort of price discrimination
will level the playing field once and for all.
In addition, independent petrol retailers
complained to me that the wholesale price
that they often buy fuel at is above the retail
prices at Woolworths and Cole branded
The 1995 repeal of Section 49(1) was a
big mistake. In the 19 years since the aboli-
tion of laws against anti-competitive price
discrimination, Woolworths and Coles have
grown significantly and to the detriment of
the independent grocery sector.
I will release a draft of the proposed
reform early next month with a view to
introduce the legislation into the Senate in
Senator Nick Xenophon
Independent Senator for SA
The most to lose
South Australia is one of the states with the
most to lose if the Federal Government
slashes the national renewable energy target
(RET) following the recommendations of
a review by former Caltex chairman Dick
Despite the review concluding that the
RET was working effectively and that reduc-
ing the target would result in higher prices to
consumers, it still recommended slashing
If the Federal Government goes down this
path, it will be much harder for mums, dads
and small businesses to install solar power
and solar hot water systems to help reduce
their power bills.
Not only that, but more than 2000 South
Australian solar jobs and dozens of local
solar businesses would also be at risk if the
policy is cut.
Billions of dollars in investment will be
created if the RET is left alone, generating
jobs, providing work for contracting busi-
nesses and solar installers.
Australians want a solar future, so Tony
Abbott, let’s not blow it.
Acting chief executive
Clean Energy Council
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, September 24, 1964
Over 500 farmers from all parts of the Murray
Mallee attended the Wanbi Research Centre’s
Field Day on September 22.
A cabaret in the Moorook Hall on Saturday night
wound up the football season for the Moorook-
Kingston football team.
40 years ago
Wednesday, September 25, 1974
Loxton North school teacher Karen Arnold was
crowned winner of the Queen of Industry Quest.
The Loxton Council has given the green light for
a winery site near Kingston.
30 years ago
Wednesday, September 26, 1984
A scathing attack was launched today on the
State Government’s proposal to raise electricity
charges, by local fruitgrower David Kimber.
The Loxton Council has agreed to adopt the first
stage of a Pest Plants Commission policy regard-
ing inspection of stock at saleyards.
20 years ago
Wednesday, September 28, 1994
The Loxton Show will continue on Sunday night
under lights, a first for the show.
An increase in wine tax will place a greater strain
on Riverland grapes than any other region, ac-
cording to Member for Chaffey Kent Andrew.
10 years ago
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
A team of under 16 boys piloted a Loxton High
School bike to an outstanding result of 11th overall
in the Australian International Pedal Prix.
FROM THE BIBLE...
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that what he has
done has been done through God.
Isaiah 32:17 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
School days of old at Nadda, in 1928. Teacher Adelaide Galley, who was at the school
from 1927 to 1934, is busy at her desk while the class of 11 are involved in various
activities. The Nadda School opened on April 27, 1924, and remained open until May
17, 1962, when the small number of children transferred to the nearby Taplan School.
Denny Hein was the last to teach at the Nadda School. When the Taplan School
closed in June, 1967, the students transferred to either the newly opened Brown’s
Well District Area School or to Loxton. The Brown’s Well school closed in 2007. The
Loxton Primary School, which has served the region since 1914, begins celebrating
its centenary on Friday, October 31. Details of small schools like Nadda, Taplan and
Brown’s Well and many other stories from the district are described in the book, Rail,
Post and Water to be launched next month at the Brown’s Well towns centenary
events on the weekend of October 10-12.
John Symonds photo
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Solution to No. 614
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11. Lawn tool
12. Person with a
14. ... and crafts
18. Blissful place
21. Girl’s name
24. Forces out
27. Exploding star
28. Domed building
31. Skin blemish
34. Pointed missile
1. Get ready
5. Girl’s name
7. Farm structures
15. Large beer cask
17. Interested in
19. Pair of performers
20. Most dapper
22. Tooth ivory
23. Piles up
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