The Border Watch : March 13th 2015
8 opinion EDiToRiAL WITH the hype over Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit fading and the students of the James Morrison Academy of Music settling into the Mount Gambier Old Town Hall precinct, it is great to see the city’s leaders continue to push for new opportunities for our city. Well-known community events organiser Steven Toope must be congratulated for trying to revive a major annual fixture for our city. With neighbouring towns such as Penola and Port Fairy holding significant festivals, it is time the city showed it has the vision, expertise and hunger to thrust Mount Gambier into the spotlight on the tourism calendar. The city and its leaders should also listen to the advice from leading business identity Nigel McBride, who has challenged Mount Gambier to seize opportunities flowing from the academy of music. As he states, this academy now gives Mount Gambier leverage to launch itself into the national and international spotlight. It is imperative the city does not sit on its hands and let these opportunities fade. Although Mount Gambier City Council has been pouring its resources into improving the infrastructure of our city in recent years, it now must look beyond bricks and mortar. Together with the Tourism Commission, Regional Development Australia, the two tiers of government and the business sector, we must now look to enhance the city’s reputation as a major regional destination. And we have much more than just jazz music to trumpet about. With world class wine, premium food, superior seafood and unique natural attractions, Mount Gambier has a solid platform to launch itself into the tourism spotlight. These are undoubtedly the key ingredients to success. While the city does have a number of major events each year, it has arguably been languishing behind other regional centres that have been working to cement key public festivals. ViSiT US onLinE borderwatch.com.au CoMMEnT Citizenship changes send message to would-be terrorists ROM THE FRONT PORCH in Australia as second generation refugee migrants. REENWOOD R GRAHAM R ENOUGH is enough. That’s what the majority of Australians have been saying for the past eight years. Why are they saying that? ESTABLISHED 1861 Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Postal address: Box 309, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Telephone: 08 8724 1555; Fax: 08 8724 1551 Website: www.borderwatch.com.au SMS: 0427 135 114 Proud member of the They are fed up with the lack of action by successive federal governments in not taking a stronger stand on terrorists, by revoking citizenship of those who offend, threaten violence or refuse to assimilate and accept the laws of the country. Finally Prime Minister Tony Abbott got the message and last month promised his government would revamp the Citizenship Act. Mr Abbott’s actions are in response to the country’s wave of terrorist plots and attacks. Many are saying, “about time”. For too long through the Kevin RuddJulia Gillard era our borders were exposed and more than 50,000 asylum seekers arrived by boat through the illegal people smuggling business. 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This made it more difficult to identify genuine refugees but made it easier to be exploited by would-be terrorists. What is known is that many would-be terrorists hold dual citizenship, some born STREET SWEEpER MAX CLEMENTS Mount Gambier I enjoy living in a country area and appreciating the nature we have around us. For some years the hatred and threats of violence against Australians by people such as asylum seeker Man Haron Monis, a self-appointed Sydney cleric who for years preached violence against Australia, has been permitted to continue, virtually unchecked. He had plenty of mates, yet our government turned a blind eye and allowed them, not only to preach hatred and threaten violence, but to fight overseas for the Islamic State. Perhaps it was Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege which captured the attention of both sides of politics, but finally Mr Abbott showed some courage and acted. Basically what this means is that if the changes become law, people with dual citizenship will lose their Australian citizenship if found guilty of being involved in terrorism. The changes appear likely to be used against the scores of Australians fighting in Syria, thus preventing them from returning. For many years Australians have been treated as “mugs” by these “preachers of hate”, a fact that even the prime minister admitted when he gave the first indication of the possible citizenship changes. Mr Abbott said for too long, those who wanted to do Australia harm had been given the “benefit of the doubt”. In clarifying this he added, “There’s been the benefit of the doubt at our borders, the benefit of the doubt for residency, the benefit of the doubt for citizenship and the benefit of the doubt at Centrelink”. I can hear the cheering in the backblocks. It is about time our government tightened the reins. It should be simple. If you want to come to live in this country, what most Australians demand is that you assimilate, respect our laws, live peacefully, work hard and together, help make Australia a better place. Most Australians are an easy-going lot but many have had a gut full and the “preachers of hate” should be shown the door. The land of where the term “fair go” is widely recognised has been abused and has now come back to bite Australians in the backside because of the actions of would-be terrorists who simply don’t want to become part of our country, they want to destroy it. That’s why Mr Abbott has taken a stand. The fact that Sydney-based radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Greens are furious with the citizenship plan should be reason enough for Mr Abbott to proceed immediately. He reiterated his citizenship stand when he told 560 who attended a dinner at The Barn Tuesday night he was hopeful of bi-partisan Labor support on these anti-terrorism measures. Terrorism has been allowed to breed in various parts of the country without resistance. Governments have taken a popgun approach to a problem blind Freddy could see coming years ago. Mr Abbott’s government has at last shown some ticker and leadership on an issue which concerns most Australians. As part of our commitment to the City of Mount Gambier Charter for Children, this section is used to voice the views of youngsters each Friday. What is the best thing about living in the country? SHANE DODDS Mount Gambier It’s a small place and the city is a bit scary. It’s more relaxing here in Mount Gambier. RILEY SMITH Mount Gambier It is quieter than the city and less busy and I enjoy it here.
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