Adelaide | The Weatherill Government’s independent kingmakers, Martin Hamilton-Smith and Geoff Brock, will be forced to disclose re-election campaign donations for the first time – but not until after the March 2018 poll.
Legislative changes to the Electoral Act come into effect today, giving candidates the option to receive public campaign funding if they agree to operate within fixed spending caps.
Attorney-General John Rau told InDaily the move would limit the electioneering “arms race”.
“There are different expenditure caps for parties, candidates and groups; the caps vary between the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly elections, and also vary depending on whether a candidate or group is endorsed by a registered political party or not,” he said.
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ADELAIDE | A major redesign of Frome Street bikeway is now unlikely, despite the Adelaide City Council requesting yet another review of the controversial project.
Deputy Lord Mayor Houssam Abiad last night retreated from his push to have Adelaide City Council’s administration redesign the bikeway to accommodate two peak-time driving lanes in each direction along the road.
The redesign would have required the current infrastructure to be removed in favour of a narrower bikeway, at an estimated cost of between $350,000 and $520,000, according to the council’s administration.
However Abiad last night presented an amended motion, which called for council to instead begin design work on achieving “a better flow of vehicle traffic during peak and off-peak times” and Full Story »
Comment | Economist André Broome sets out the nine essential facts you need to know about the Greek debt disaster.
Greece has missed the deadline on its €1.6 billion loan repayment due to the IMF. The country’s stalemate with its international creditors and the decision to hold a referendum on its bailout offer means Greece has become the first advanced economy to default to the fund in its 71-year history.
Here are nine essential things to know about the default:
1. The long-term damage may yet be minimal. If Greece is only in arrears to the IMF for a short period of time, it may be shown leniency down the line. The IMF’s policy on overdue payments does distinguish between short-term and protracted arrears.
2. This is not yet a full-blown sovereign debt default by Greece. This is Full Story »
THE FORAGER | In this week’s column: a new cheese producer for the Fleurieu, changes in store for a Willunga institution, Colin & Co calls in a coffee expert, and the Greek wine that’s set to be the next big thing.
Sheep’s milk on the Fleurieu
Another new South Australian cheese producer, Seavewe Artisan Sheep Dairy, is set to start churning next week.
Based at Hay Flat (between Yankalilla and Normanville on the Fleurieu Peninsula) Seavewe’s Tony and Corinne Harding run a herd of 45 Poll Dorset X East Friesian sheep. The small, but growing, herd is machine-milked by the Hardings to yield 30 to 40 litres of milk each day.
Next week, Tony says, they will start producing ricotta, haloumi, feta, and “a sheep style camembert”.
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PHILIP WHITE OPINION | David Wynn, for decades the driver of the great family wine company, hired Melbourne winewriter Walter James to write the annual Wynn Winegrowers’ Diary, 1970 edition.
Reading it, and remembering fondly my mentor David, who died in 1995, I can hear their conversation as they discussed the nature of making money.
The successful business operator “will arouse the admiration, and the envy, of a vast army of men who have had similar aims,” James wrote. Then he added a critical non sequitur:
“Should you set out not to make money but to make something really worthwhile in itself, your success will with equal certainty be rewarded with the admiration, and the goodwill, of men who really matter – men of category.”
This came to mind last we Full Story »