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200 jobs are at risk as a mine near Coober Pedy is placed in administration

• From: The Advertiser
• June 19

TWO hundred jobs in the state’s much-vaunted mining sector are at risk after a mine near Coober Pedy was placed in administration this morning.
IMX Resources has placed its Cairn Hill project into administration, just two months after saying it would extend the mine’s life to the middle of next year.
It is a blow for former Mineral Resources Development Minister and now Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, on the day he delivers his first State Budget.
IMX said in April it wanted to work towards a five-year extension of the mine, but it appears the plunging iron ore price has brought the operation to its knees.
Neither the administrator, Ferrier Hodgson, nor managing director Gary Sutherland were immediately available for comment.
The Cairn Hill Mine is 55km southeast of Coober Pedy and started production in December 2010.

Fatal crash near Coober Pedy


The State's road toll has risen to 40 following the death of man in a crash near Coober Pedy on Tuesday.
At about 1.30pm on 17 June, a Nissan wagon was travelling on the Oodnadatta Track near Coober Pedy, when the car rolled injuring the driver and only occupant in the car.
The injured 82-year-old man from Coober Pedy, was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, but died this afternoon from his injuries.
Major Crash Investigators are examining the cause of the crash.
The State's road toll for the same time last year was 46.

Parents concerned about school promotion of gender confusion

FamilyVoice Australia

“Many parents have told us they are deeply concerned about the $8 million Safe Schools Coalition program now being rolled out nationally,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
Under the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, schools would be encouraged to stop dividing students into boys’ and girls’ groups in order to help gender-diverse students. Transgender and intersex students will be able to use either boys’ or girls’ toilets and change rooms under a national anti-discrimination strategy.
The voluntary initiative, already running in 132 Victorian schools, will see schools establish diversity groups and review library materials. Posters about same-sex relationships, transgenderism, bisexuality and intersexuality will also be displayed.
“This teaches kids that the sex they were born with is meaningless. It’s like telling an anorexic student it’s OK to starve,” Ros Phillips said.
“When a young boy says he wants to be a girl, parents need to know that there are options other than buying him dolls, skirts and cosmetics. No amount of hormones or surgery will turn him into a real woman, and may lead to further problems.
“Why do some boys feel like girls and vice versa? Family and sibling dynamics, chance encounters and personality factors may all play a part – and change is possible. A case history in a peer-reviewed journal* tells the story of a boy who exhibited ‘female’ behaviour from the age of two. His mother sought advice when her son was five. A therapist then taught her how to gently encourage ‘male’ and discourage ‘female’ behaviours, using rewards and social reinforcement. Three years later, the boy’s gender dysphoria had disappeared.*
“It is very important to provide safety and support to all children in school. That is not the same as affirming and accepting all choices,” Ros Phillips said. “Many parents feel uncomfortable with the confusing ideas promoted by Safe Schools and do not want it for their children.”

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