The Border Watch : January 6th 2016
6 opinion EDiToRiAL IT beggars belief that the orthopaedic surgeons contractual issue has yet to be finalised given the contracts expired yesterday. While the community is not privy to the finer details in the contractual negotiations, questions need to be asked why it has come to this. Although Country Health SA late yesterday afternoon confirmed the surgeons still had legal access into the hospital, there was no doubt there was confusion. Now we have ushered in a new year, it is disappointing Country Health SA continues to capture the headlines. This does nothing to instil community confidence in our region's health services and senior bureaucrats. There is no doubt Country Health SA has faced a number of setbacks and hurdles during 2015. The death of Rodney Moore - whose family discovered him dead in his hospital room - shocked our tight-knit community and resulted in a number of changes being implemented at the hospital. We also had the tragic case of Michael O'Brien, who was also found dead by a distraught family member. Moreover, the community also rallied together to fight the brutal cuts to the region's specialists palliative care team, which was trimmed to bare bones. Following months of community uproar, Health Minister Jack Snelling announced a stunning backflip on the eve of the community forum. Country Health SA's reputation has certainly been bruised by what unfolded in 2015, including the continual saga over these surgeons contracts. It is perplexing our highly paid and top health executives could not broker these contracts before they expired yesterday. Let's hope there are more positive headlines for our regional health services during 2016. ViSiT US onLinE borderwatch.com.au Break the school holidays boredom With the school year over and parents looking for low-cost ideas to keep children entertained, The Border Watch is highlighting just a few fun activities on the Mount Gambier 50 Things To Do Before You Turn 13 list. Do you recognise this activity? Answer in the next edition. Last edition - DISCOVER THE STALAGMITES AND STALACTITES IN THE TANTANOOLA CAVE Tantanoola Cave is a single cave which has been formed in an ancient coastal cliff. Strategically placed lighting enhances the cave’s natural beauty and it is recognised as one of the finest single caves in Australia. Visit www.tbw.com.au/u13top50 for the full Mount Gambier 50 Things To Do Before You Turn 13 list. LETTER To THE EDiToR Tariff cuts set up happy new year for exporters TARIFFS on exports to China and Korea have been slashed further from January 1, giving local exporters a positive start to the new year. 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 The new cuts, which took effect on January 1, are the second under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and the third under the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA). ChAFTA coming into force in late 2015 was a significant achievement, it meant there was an immediate round of tariff cuts in December, followed quickly by the January 1 cuts. This ensures the benefits of the agreement with China flow quickly through to local exporters. Since it came into force in December 2014, Australian businesses have been quick to capitalise on the agreement with Korea, and today’s additional cuts will further enhance the benefits our exporters are experiencing under this agreement. The recent cuts will benefit local exporters who specialise in areas such as wool, sheep meat, beef, horticulture, wheat and seafood. The agreements with Korea and China - along with the trade agreement with Japan - form a powerful trifecta which will open up many doors for local businesses, given the growing demand across Asia for South Australian worldclass goods and services. These agreements are not just for big business. They’re not just for those companies that are already active exporters. SME’s in a range of sectors can also benefit from the preferential access the agreements have secured, putting our home-grown businesses in the driver’s seat in these lucrative Asian markets. I urge existing and potential exporters in the local area to explore the opportunities available under Australia’s FTAs. Detailed information on each agreement can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Austrade websites or www. openforbusiness.gov.au. 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