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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Bad politician behaviour

It is often said that "if you pay peanuts, you'll get monkeys" when referring to the lucrative salaries and entitlements of our politicians.

By any stretch of one's imagination, the salaries and conditions of our current federal politicians could not be remotely considered as "peanuts."

And yet the behaviours exhibited - verbal abuse, disrespect, self centred acts, treachery, deceit, ignorance, tantrums and disloyalty are akin to those of a barrel of monkeys.

Unfortunately, very few Australians find themselves immersed in laughter at the ongoing sagas, which have little to do with the realities of daily living, presently emanating from Canberra.

Hopefully with an election imminent, ‘the party’ will be over for most of them!


10 Nicholas Street


TAFE revival overdue

This week the Morrison government is seeking praise for putting some money back into the apprentice system that has been savaged by Coaliton government cuts.

After cutting $3 billion in the sector, the $60 million announcement doesn’t come within a bulls roar of repairing the damage.

With skills shortages on the rise they’ve finally realised there’s only so much you can cut before the labour market chokes, and the public gets fed up.

These cuts have resulted in courses being cut, fees being hiked and entire TAFEs closing down.

Quite simply, this bush wage announcement is an attempt to hide another example of the government failing regional Australia.

Labor understands the importance of vocational education, both in providing work opportunities and vital skills, particularly in regional Australia.

Labor will provide $100 million to the Building TAFE for the Future Fund to revitalise campuses across Australia, waive upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students - including 10,000 for early childhood educators - and one in 10 Commonwealth-funded jobs will be filled by an Australian apprentice.

Within the first 100 days of being elected, a Shorten-Labor government will also establish a once in a generation inquiry into the post-secondary education system to ensure we have the infrastructure and teachers to train the workforce Australia needs.

It matters to all Australians, but nowhere more than in regional Australia where a TAFE revival is long overdue.


Opposition spokesman for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government and Regional Communications

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Harvest this year will be a bit of a mixed with some parts of the Lower Eyre Peninsula doing well while others have been troubled by frost and drought. 

No bumper crops on the family farm again this year!


Full gear has turned to full stop till it stops raining.


No bumper crops at Lock as a fair bit of it has been cut down for hay due to frost.


A hay shed fire burned 1900 bales of hay near Tumby Bay at the weekend. 

Was told you can’t stack them on top fresh they heat up.