Adelaide | South Australia has been hit hard by cuts to the ABC, with the axe falling on 7.30 South Australia, the Adelaide television production studio and the Port Augusta regional bureau.
In an address to staff a short time ago responding to Federal Government cuts, ABC managing director Mark Scott said more than 400 people – about 10 per cent of ABC staff around the country – would lose their jobs in the coming months and years.
“We regard the changes as vital to the long-term health of the organisation, but I acknowledge that is no comfort to those who will lose their positions,” Scott said.
Adelaide management told InDaily “less than 40″ staff are expected to have their jobs terminated in South Australia.
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Adelaide | Surprise independent candidate for Fisher, Daniel Woodyatt, has attempted to distance himself from his Labor past.
Woodyatt, who has been supported by Lyn Such, the widow of longstanding local member Bob Such, said today he regretted writing an email to Such in March this year strongly endorsing Premier Jay Weatherill.
In a candidates’ debate on ABC 891 breakfast, Woodyatt said he regretted the email as well as his previous membership of the Labor Party.
He wasn’t the only candidate to have a few awkward moments in today’s debate, with Labor’s Nat Cook endorsing the Government’s unpopular hike to the Emergency Services Levy, and the Liberals’ Heidi Harris ducking and weaving on a range of social issues including gay marriage.
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Comment | Despite the modern political obsession with economic growth, not everything that is valuable in South Australia’s cultural sector can be measured by numbers.
In an interview on ABC radio a week ago, Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary to three British Prime Ministers, discussed the problem of measuring growth with the GDP index. He talked about nations “becoming addicted to pushing it up” using any means necessary, by including in their figures (for example) income from prostitution and illicit drugs.
You get what you measure. But what exactly are you measuring? Clearly, GDP is not much of a guide to social progress if it includes the proceeds of organised crime.
A bumper year for the cultural sector is on the face of it a wonderful thing. Figures released to The Adv Full Story »