Comment | During a visit to Adelaide before the federal election, then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott cast doubt on the idea of building submarines in Australia.
Remarkably, it elicited little fear and loathing and, at a stretch, the now PM’s words could be claimed as a mandate.
They are certainly something to fear.
It means that right now, South Australia’s defence industries future looks about as bright as BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam expansion plans.
The Abbott Government’s discussion paper being released this week ahead of the June 2015 Defence White Paper pushes forward its preferred option of buying future submarines “off the shelf” from another country.
Yes, it would be a cheaper option, if buying a submarine was like popping down to Harvey Norman for a dishwasher. Which it Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Plutonium is natural; orange is a town.
Orange and natural wines are on the rise internationally.
Presuming such tinctures are not from Orange, and contain no plutonium, I recently wrote of my longstanding theory that wine production, sale and marketing, and especially its packaging, shares a lot with the popular music business. Having been a music critic before I took my very deep dive into wine, I’ve often marvelled at the parallels.
My article likened the current wave of very old-fashioned natural or orange wines to the minimalist reactionary punk movement of the mid-’70s. That piece raised a prickly frisson around the wine business, mainly because I confused orange with natural.
This was done partly out of ignorance – I have a lot to learn – Full Story »
GLASGOW | Australia has won four gold medals on day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Cate Campbell led an Australian clean sweep in the women’s 100m freestyle, with her sister Bronte second and Emma McKeon third.
It was the second Australian clean sweep in the pool overnight, with Brett Larkin beating compatriots Josh Beaver and Matson Lawson in the men’s 200m backstroke.
Australia’s other two gold medals came in shooting – Warren Potent took out the 50m rifle prone competition and Laetisha Scanlan won the women’s trap.
Australia so far has 30 gold medals in total, three ahead of England.
At 186cm, world champion swimmer Cate Campbell casts a long shadow. But she believes her younger sister Bronte finally stepped out of it after a blisteri Full Story »
South Australia has a blood bank, an eye bank and even a brain bank – so why are we the only state in Australia that doesn’t have a milk bank?
“All the other major states in Australia operate milk banks but SA is really lagging behind because we’re not doing it,” Flinders University Nutrition and Dietetics senior lecturer Dr Jacqueline Miller says.
“Milk banks have significant outcomes on the survival and long-term health of premature infants; to be providing them with the best possible care we really need to have a milk bank here.”
The potential for the State’s first milk bank, including the benefits of human milk banking, will be explored at a seminar tonight (Tuesday, July 29), hosted by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Unit and the Women’s and Chil Full Story »