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EDITORIAL: Reliability crucial for NBN success

Turn it off and turn it on again and hope for the best! Or perhaps, ‘don’t worry, it will eventually be okay!’ That seems some of the best anecdotal advice going around for people trying to overcome issues involving their connection to the National Broadband Network. Our whiz-bang telecommunications service might have the potential to […]

EDITORIAL: Boundary changes expose neglect

We could easily accept official proposals to expand the federal electoral division of Mallee as simple evolution and a matter of course based on long-term population drift. The reality is, Victorians should be disappointed, embarrassed and concerned that an electorate already covering a third of the state has to expand under statute to meet voter-number […]

EDITORIAL: Send them off! It’s not cricket…

For those of us old enough to remember, there was a glaring problem with country football that was dangerous and ugly. It was a sport that left a door ajar for thugs to play a major role in the outcome of a contest with violence, especially in grand finals. At times, the game was also […]

EDITORIAL: The Wimmera, yes we exist!

The emails went backwards and forwards, so much so that the original reason for the communication almost became lost in the confusing process. A media release announcing health issues specific to the Grampians region slipped into our ‘inbox’ and captured our attention. Okay, the ‘Grampians’ – better check what that means. Is it the Grampians, […]

EDITORIAL: We need political straight shooting

As the countdown to a Victorian election gathers momentum, we appeal to our political leaders to tell us more about themselves and what they plan to do if they win or maintain power and less about their opponents. It is a simple enough request and we’re probably kidding ourselves to expect the idea to take […]

EDITORIAL: Generating money from conservation

The expression ‘hip-pocket environmentalism’ often comes across as more than grubby to the champions of all things ‘green’. The philosophy does, after all, match dollars against the value of wildlife and wilderness protection and pinches at our collective conscience. It is easy to understand that some environmentalists dedicated to ‘raging against the machine’ of habitat […]

EDITORIAL: Mayor rightfully angry over rail

Horsham mayor Pam Clarke is ‘hopping mad’, has hit the roof and fair enough! Cr Clarke couldn’t help herself when she read a State Government media release calling on the Federal Government to ‘get on with the job’ of releasing Victoria’s Regional Rail Revival funding so work could start on projects. “It’s like we don’t […]

EDITORIAL: Recycling – everyone’s problem

It is an understatement to suggest it is time to bring the international, let alone national recycling saga to a head. If we can’t come up with a solution in dealing with recyclable materials, it is time for Australia and worldwide community, let alone Victoria, to apply a big stick to the source of this […]

EDITORIAL: Weather radar station lag

Come on, get on with it! That should be a growing regional catch-cry, especially from farmers waiting for the benefits of having access to reliable real-time weather forecasts across the Wimmera-Mallee. How long does it take to find an appropriate site for, let alone build, a weather radar station? Obviously a long time – or […]

EDITORIAL | Digging deep for science

Some of us can’t help but wonder if it’s all worth it as we continue to pour billions of dollars into science, sometimes for projects that seem bizarre or pointless. When everyday issues such as poverty, homelessness and international tensions glare at us daily through the media, it is easy to start thinking that our […]

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