Canberra | UPDATED: New Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale wants to find common ground with the coalition, but has vowed to fight for health, education and climate action.
The Victorian senator, who worked as a GP before entering parliament, was on Wednesday unanimously elected leader in a party room meeting after Christine Milne’s retirement announcement.
In an unusual step, deputy leader Adam Bandt was replaced by a team of two deputies, Queensland senator Larissa Waters and WA’s Scott Ludlam.
The party declined to give any reasons why Bandt was dropped as deputy, or confirm speculation Di Natale had been tipped off early about the leader’s resignation.
However, he said he had spoken to his wife Lucy six months ago about the prospect of becoming leader should Mi Full Story »
Adelaide | A backbench Labor MP will today rail against “creeping xenophobia” in political debate, taking his own party to task for anti-Asian sentiment in recent campaigns – including over the multi-billion dollar Future Submarines project.
In a draft speech obtained by InDaily, Vietnamese-born Tung Ngo controversially critiques Labor’s campaign in the recent New South Wales state election, and rhetoric used by union and party leaders pushing for a local submarine build, saying “politicians and community leaders should not use xenophobic messages as a way to win votes”.
But neither, he argues, should they “too readily use the word ‘racist’ for the sake of damaging their opponents”.
Ngo, a member of Labor’s right faction, will instead praise the contribution of Malcol Full Story »
THE FORAGER | In this week’s column: A new name and a new chef for a favourite Adelaide Hills restaurant, McLaren Vale gains its first whisky distillery, chestnut season, and flowers and cheese for Mother’s Day.
From strength to strength
Restaurateur Sophie Zervas has already done a great job of bringing new life and recognition to Hahndorf, founding two successful businesses in the highly competitive main street of the Adelaide Hills town.
Now she has joined forces with the “boy next door”, Sid Dinkoudis, and together they have rebranded White House and taken Luke Southwood (formerly of Public CBD) on board as chef.
The back story is this: After establishing the award-winning dessert café Chocolate @ No.5 (under new ownership since 2010), Zervas bought the last acreage pr Full Story »
HISTORY FESTIVAL | Back in the day, SA Brewing Company workers were allowed to take four six-minute breaks each day to enjoy a pot of beer.
Not surprisingly, the brewers found it easy to hire employees, even when other industries were suffering from labour shortages.
But workers were also accident-prone, with a 1944 report to the Labour Department including a long list of injuries such as cuts, burns and horse bites – probably from the animals that were used for deliveries up until the 1950s.
Was there a link between the beer breaks and workplace mishaps? You can hop to your own conclusions.
National Archives employee Jeremy Sibbald, a keen home brewer himself, has been researching the history of alcohol in Adelaide and will be sharing stories such as these at a talk at the Franklin Hote Full Story »