Adelaide | Premier Jay Weatherill has refused to say whether the closure of the Repatriation General Hospital will be part of the State Government’s latest plans to transform the health sector.
Weatherill told 891 ABC Radio this morning that he wouldn’t discuss the possible closure of the Repat at Daw Park ahead of the Government’s release of its “transforming health” blueprint on Tuesday.
“What I’m proposing to do is to lay it all out when we set out the challenges of our healthcare system, our drive to improve quality and what that means for changes in the system,” he said.
However, some more details about the plans did emerge today.
Health Minister Jack Snelling has announced the State Government will spend around $7 million commissioning a Full Story »
Adelaide | The State Government has stopped funding the governing body of the APY Lands.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ian Hunter has refused to authorise payment of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara administration since July last year, documents obtained exclusively by InDaily reveal.
The State Government has been invoiced for approximately $1.3 million by the APY Executive Board.
Interim General Manager of the APY Lands Lesley Johns told InDaily she has advice the administration is now close to insolvency, and will soon have to stop paying its employees and meeting electricity bills if Hunter does not urgently authorise the payments.
Communications between Hunter and the administration, seen by InDaily, show he is demanding that the board hand over documents relating to it Full Story »
Interview | Those who know him well will tell you that Steven Marshall beat himself up about the “Vote Labor” gaffe on election eve. After a campaign with so few missteps, here was a doozy right when the spotlight was at its fiercest.
Given one seat – a handful of votes the other way in any given marginal – could have been enough to end 12 years of Labor rule, the implications of the slip have prompted plenty of “sliding doors” ruminations.
But it was another campaign gaffe that Labor has seized on with increasingly gleeful vigour in the months since.
It came more than a month out from polling day, lost amid an appearance at a Property Council lunch.
Marshall was being grilled by a panel of political observers: one asked which social issues motivated the respective party leader Full Story »
FEATURE | Along with the Stobie pole, the Hills Hoist and the Stump Jump Plough, the “goon sack” – or cardboard wine cask – is another brainchild of South Australia and this year marks 50 years since its inception.
Back in 1965, Riverland winemaker Tom Angove was mulling over an alternative to the half-gallon flagon (“goon”), the 2.25-litre glass bottle that was a standard receptacle for table wine at the time, and came up with the bag-in-the-box concept.
“The flagon was a heavy, ungainly and difficult-to-dispose-of unit,” says his son, John, who was then 18 years old and sceptical of his father’s idea.
“He was also very keen to get a gallon of wine (approximately 4.5 litres) to the consumer as cheaply as possible.”
Tom Angove always referred to the packaging design a Full Story »
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL | Members of a New York audience spontaneously got to their feet and hugged at the end of a performance of the adult fairytale Beauty and the Beast.
Tears aren’t unusual, either. But only one man has ever walked out mid-show.
“Perhaps he just had a sore knee or something,” muses “Beast” Mat Fraser.
Beauty and the Beast, which will have its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival next month, features puppetry, burlesque and shadow play meshed with the true love story of UK disabled actor, artist and musician Fraser and American burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz.
It has full nudity, explicit sex scenes, is recommended for audiences aged 18 plus and comes with program advice to bring your lover (not your mother).
But Fraser – described in media notes as having Full Story »