Adelaide | Jay Weatherill has dismissed federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s wide-ranging discussion paper on tax reform as a confidence trick designed to overhaul the GST.
Despite his own Government undertaking its own review of state taxes, the Premier has lashed out at the Commonwealth review, warning “if you read between the lines it’s all designed to force the states to choose an increase in the GST or an expansion of its scope”.
“That’s consistent with Liberal Party philosophy,” Weatherill told InDaily.
Indeed, Hockey concedes he now wants a “fair dinkum conversation” with the states about GST reform, but insists without universal approval, there will be no change to current arrangements.
“That’s it, end of story,” he Full Story »
Adelaide | The real estate industry wants the State Government to tear down the “last bastion” of what it describes as archaic regulation, which requires agents to be present during the signing of electronic contracts to buy houses.
But lawyers are worried the rules are already too slack, arguing home buying contracts should only be signed physically, on paper, to ensure security for home buyers.
Real Estate Institute CEO Greg Troughton told InDaily last year’s changes to regulations which opened up the possibility of electronic contracts for house purchases failed to take the final step needed for the convenience of customers in the modern age.
“We would love our members to be able to send contracts to other locations, because currently our members can only do (those) transactions Full Story »
RECIPE | Italian-born Adelaide chef Salvatore Pepe’s recipe for a classic Italian fruit salad – Macedonia Toscana – is perfect for using the last of the season’s summer fruits.
Pepe came to Adelaide in 1996 and opened his own restaurant, Cibo, which expanded to include a chain of Italian espresso bars, and has published a cookbook of his favourite recipes, also called Cibo.
The SBS Food Safari team was in Adelaide last week to film him for a new series due out later this year.
Macedonia Toscana (Tuscan fruit salad)
1.5kg mixed seasonal fruit including stone fruits
60ml Maraschino (cherry liqueur)
Juice of half a lemon
1 glass of dry white wine
4 tbsp caster sugar
Combine all ingredients for the marinade and mix well until the sug Full Story »
ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL | Self-described genre-bender Christa Hughes will be letting her “rock ‘n’ roll hellcat” loose at this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival with a show that includes a nod to one of her idols, Chrissy Amphlett.
Oz Rockin’ The Ladies Lounge, part of the Cabaret Festival program announced at the weekend, will see Hughes giving her own treatment to classic Australian rock music, including songs from The Angels, Rose Tattoo, AC/DC, Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel, as well as her own former band Machine Gun Fellatio.
“And of course I’ll probably end up doing more than one Divinyls song because of all the rock outfits I’ve ever seen, [lead singer] Chrissy Amphlett was by miles one of the most extraordinary performers.
She says watching Amphlet Full Story »