Adelaide | When business and industry leaders gather at the Entertainment Centre tonight to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Business SA, the Emergency Services Levy is expected to be the hot topic of conversation.
Changes to the levy’s discount and rebates system have combined with increased property valuations to deliver bills that have shocked businesses across Adelaide.
“We’ve got feedback that a number of our members were expecting a modest increase but have been shocked at the quantum of the jump,” Business SA chief executive Nigel McBride told InDaily.
“It seems to be partially related to new, higher valuations of property.
“This raises the related issue that people should be able to challenge valuation levels in the new SACAT (administrative trib Full Story »
Adelaide | After using the services of an Uber chauffeur last night – to call him a driver would be to undersell it – I have no doubt that the Uber experience is simply better than the taxi experience.
Above all, the Uber app means speed and knowledge – both qualities that can be lacking in the standard Adelaide taxi experience.
As soon as you tap on the map and summon one of those black luxury sedans to your location you know:
- Where that car is.
- How long it will take to get to you.
- Your chauffeur’s name, photograph and registration number.
- How much the trip is likely to cost.
- How the pricing is calculated.
- How satisfied other customers have been with your driver’s service.
The trade-off for all this information is a great deal of your own: name, phone number, Full Story »
Qantas has suffered a massive $2.8 billion loss in the wake of the airline’s profit-draining battle with rival Virgin and another poor performance from its international division.
The airline posted a net loss of $2.84 billion for the year to June 30, compared to a $1 million profit a year ago.
The result included a $2.6 billion writedown to the value of its ageing international fleet.
Excluding the writedown and other one-off costs, Qantas made an underlying pre-tax loss of $646 million, compared to a $186 million profit a year ago.
Chief executive Alan Joyce described the result as “confronting”, but said the massive loss represented the year that is past.
“We have now come through the worst,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
“With our accelerated Q Full Story »
THEATRE REVIEW | The Vatican within Rome is the spiritual centre of global Catholicism. It is also the smallest recognised and independent city state in the world. In terms of its influence and wealth, it is remarkably powerful, and thus a choice subject for Roger Crane’s play The Last Confession.
It is no surprise that the play, directed by Jonathan Church, brings together issues of faith, doubt, power and greed at the critical period of the papacy that included the brief office of Pope John Paul (played by a very engaging Richard O’Callaghan).
Was he the right person to become pope? Was he murdered after a mere 33 days for trying to make too many changes, or perhaps crucially threatening ones? The ingredients for a murder mystery are all there.
David Suchet (yes, Hercule Poirot, and Full Story »