Adelaide | Holden has announced the closure of its Australian manufacturing operations.
Workers and politicians have been advised by the company of its intentions today.
In a statement from Detroit released this afternoon, General Motors said it would “discontinue vehicle and engine manufacturing and significantly reduce its engineering operations in Australia by the end of 2017″.
“We are completely dedicated to strengthening our global operations while meeting the needs of our customers,” said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson.
“The decision to end manufacturing in Australia reflects the perfect storm of negative influences the automotive industry faces in the country, including the sustained strength of the Australian dollar, high cost of production, small domestic market Full Story »
Adelaide | After controversially cutting funding for aerial shark patrols, the State Government says it will look at using unmanned drones to spot the marine predators instead.
The Government also admits there’s only “limited evidence” for the existing patrols’ effectiveness, after InDaily yesterday covered research indicating the patrols may pick up as few as one-in-ten sharks in an area.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting this morning that the NSW State Government is working with university researchers to look at drone technology for shark patrols.
Minister for Emergency Services Michael O’Brien told InDaily the idea “had merit”.
“I believe the idea has merit and we’ll be looking with great interest at the work that’s being done in NSW,” he said.
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Adelaide | The State Government will “tweak” its ‘Gambling Starts with Games’ advertising campaign after a social media backlash.
The campaign, which features images of young children playing on iPads while seated at casino tables, warns parents against letting their children play video games that simulate gambling.
But Twitter users have argued the campaign demonizes video gaming as a whole – and the Premier took to the social media site this morning to say he agreed.
— JayWeatherill (@JayWeatherill) December 10, 2013
BOOKS | Few men are as passionate about journalism and sport as Phil Gardner.
The former Herald Sun sports editor and Sunday Mail editor has shelves full of sports books from around the world. These are his Top Ten: each will impress a sports fan as a Christmas gift that suggests you’ve put some thought into it.
Some can be found in bookshops, others on Amazon/Book Depository.
1. Bringing the Heat by Mark Bowden. NFL. Before he wrote Black Hawk Down, Bowden produced this about the 1992 Philadelphia Eagles. It is the best example of sports writing as a narrative I’ve ever read. The detail is exquisite and unflinching. Should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to write sport, or write a book for that matter. A must for any sports library.
2. Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen Full Story »