Comment | There was an apt, if unfortunate, metaphor that Premier Jay Weatherill employed this week as child protection once again became his government’s Achilles heel.
“How can you be a policeman and a social worker at the same time?”
Perhaps he was attempting to answer that very question when he appointed a policeman, Tony Harrison, to run the state’s education and child protection bureaucracy.
If there was any doubt the Government was projecting urgency in the wake of the scathing findings of the Coroner’s inquest into Chloe Valentine’s death, it was the haste with which the cabinet adopted all but one of his recommendations as policy.
In 2003, Robyn Layton suggested the establishment of an independent Children’s Commissioner; the Government only got around to getting a b Full Story »
LUNCH REVIEW | Chefs Andy Thiele and Paul Gray worked together at The Treasury and in Michelin-star restaurants and gastro pubs in Europe, developing a passion for French and English cuisine – and it shows at their joint venture, Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar on Waymouth Street.
Opening at 7.30am on week days, it’s a destination for local workers stopping to pick up coffee and homemade pastries on the way to the office, but if the occasion calls or time allows, it’s also a place to sit down and indulge in a leisurely breakfast.
The breakfast menu features dishes such as blueberry and coffee bread with fresh banana; apple bircher with burnt strawberries and toasted grains; pumpkin and sourdough toast with French Full Story »
OZ COMIC CON | Hundreds of South Australians will come out to cosplay when Oz Comic Con hits town this weekend with guest stars including the actor who played Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and others from shows such as Game of Thrones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Cosplay, or costume play, is a pop-culture phenomenon which sees fans dressing as their favourite characters from comic books, TV shows and movies.
Adelaide cosplayer Justine Gaudreau-Fewster, who will take on the character of Johanna Mason from The Hunger Games for Oz Comic Con at the Adelaide Showgrounds, explains how she got involved in the phenomenon – and why the comic convention isn’t just for geeks.
Why do you cosplay?
I cosplay because it’s the perfect way for me to show my love for a character and a f Full Story »
FESTIVAL | Organisers of Tasmania’s Dark Mofo winter festival have used their ingenuity to turn winter into a drawcard for visitors with a 10-day program of weird and wonderful events.
The annual festival, which launched its 2015 program last week, embraces the romanticism of the cold season and the mysticism of the solstice.
“Hobart has the longest night of any capital city,” says creative director Leigh Carmichael. “Rather than moan about the darkness, we are celebrating it.”
This year’s line-up for the June 12-22 festival includes performances by 250 artists from 12 different countries and will feature large outdoor installations, provocative art shows, an eclectic collection of music concerts, a mini film festival, a late-night “ceremonial death dance” and a five-day Ba Full Story »
Flinders University research carried out in four Adelaide schools is changing lives across Australia by providing “psychological immunization” to protect young people against the destructive effects of perfectionism on their mental health.
Dr Tom Nehmy, a clinical psychologist who trained at Flinders, is the man behind a new resilience program which prevents mental health issues in high school students by teaching them psychological skills before symptoms occur.
Describing it as the mental health equivalent of brushing your teeth, Dr Nehmy said his prevention approach, which featured on Channel 7 News this week, is the only one in the world specifically targeting perfectionism, takes young people on a step by step process through which they learn balanced, realistic thinking and develo Full Story »