Adelaide | Negative electioneering, a small-target strategy and a failure to project a positive vision for the future have helped make the state Liberals the least successful division of any Australian major party in the past half-century, according to former Premier Dean Brown.
The Liberal elder statesman made a rare exception to his long-standing refusal to comment on party matters to talk to InDaily ahead of a milestone that many in conservative politics will be hoping to forget.
Tomorrow will mark 50 years since Tom Playford fought his last election, bringing to an end 32 years of continuous rule by his conservative Liberal and Country League.
The Liberals had been virtually unassailable, the natural party of South Australian Government.
Since then, they’ve been in power for just 14 Full Story »
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL REVIEW | This enchanting show is a sweet tonic in an entertainment world that seems increasingly dominated by loud, audacious productions that over-stimulate and under-nourish.
That’s not to say there’s anything simple about the production; quite the opposite. Nufonia Must Fall is essentially a live silent movie incorporating theatre, music, puppets and multiple miniature sets.
Yet despite the multi-media elements, there is a quiet, gentle charm to the story of the slow-blossoming romance between two awkward characters and the way in which it is presented.
Nufonia Must Fall began life as a graphic novel by show creator, turntablist and music producer Kid Koala (aka Eric San), and it is he who welcomes the Dunstan Playhouse audience with a game of Nufonia Bingo. Rath Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE REVIEWS | Philip White finds disparate regions of France in two inexpensive reds from east of Clare in the Polish Valley.
Paulett Polish Hill River Clare Valley Cabernet Merlot 2010
$24; 14.5% alcohol; screw cap; 88+ points
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are both varieties that came from the estuarine humidity of Bordeaux right there on the Atlantic Ocean. It seems strange to grow them in the hard old rocks and worn-out alluvia of the Polish Valley, where there’s no ocean and rarely a whisper of humidity.
But here’s a sweet ol’ soulful thing with a pretty musk and lavender topnote; even mint. Below that, it’s welling with deep stewy prunes, figs, mulberries, raisins, currants and dates like my grandmother’s Christmas pudding. Suet, even.
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Adelaide | With half of Australia’s automotive sector estimated to prevail and other manufacturers embracing state-of-the-art production techniques, the future of South Australia’s manufacturing sector is brighter than some pundits would have you believe, says Grant Thornton’s Mark Phillips.
Phillips, a partner and manufacturing industry lead at the international corporate advisory firm, says the focus of political and public attention has been on the inevitable job and economic losses associated with changes to the automotive sector by 2017.
However, he says there is another side to the story.
“We’re bucking the trend – quite frankly we’re not interested in gloom and doom. We are much more interested in where manufacturing is going and what we can do to take industry forwa Full Story »