Adelaide | Former senior Japanese defence personnel have warned there is great reluctance within their ranks to share expertise – and caution that Australia could face long-term technical and implementation problems if it decides to buy Japanese submarines.
The report emerged today as the Australian Government continues its assessment of whether it should buy 10 state-of-the-art Soryu class submarines from Japan, at a reported price of more than $20 billion.
The Japanese subs are the only long range non-nuclear design that fits the Australian Navy’s specifications for boats to replace the current Collins Class, raising fears for the future of shipbuilding in Adelaide.
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Adelaide | The speed limit has been cut to 25km/h on the road bisecting Victoria Square while the Adelaide City Council checks the safety of the newly paved surface.
The Victoria Square concern follows the reduction of the speed limit to 10km/h on a similarly paved section of Hindley Street west, near the University of South Australia.
The tests on the recently completed Hindley Street upgrade showed it was too slippery in the wet for vehicles, resulting in the limit being reduced to a snail’s pace.
This morning, the Adelaide City Council revealed that it had similar concerns about the paved section of road between the two halves of Victoria Square.
That section has been reduced to 25km/h while the council evaluates the results of slip tests.
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PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Greg Trott, the late founder of Wirra Wirra, started what became the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) late in the 1980s. His bit of the history somehow misses a mention on the WFA website. While only a small percentage of Australia’s wineries are members, the very big ones are.
This body runs the Australian wine business.
In those early days, when there were only a few hundred wineries, the main industry body was the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, whose budget came half from the taxpayer and half from its members, whose voting rights were determined by the total levy paid according to the tonnes they crushed. It was well and truly in the hands of what we then called the PLO – Penfolds, Lindemans and Orlando, the biggest wine companies Full Story »
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is seeking to extend its reach in 2015 with a season that includes a concert devoted to disco hits and a new light-hearted series showcasing famous classical music tunes.
Managing director Vincent Ciccarello says the program, launched today, is about breaking down barriers and dispelling some of the “myths and mystique” surrounding classical music.
“The motivation is to convey the very strong message that while symphonic music remains the ASO’s core business, we do much more than that … orchestral music is represented very much in daily life, whether it be in film music, popular music or television.”
One of the most popular events in 2015 is likely to be ASO Does Disco at the Festival Theatre in July, which will see conductor Guy Noble lead the o Full Story »