ANALYSIS | The prevailing mood at Blackwood Football Club – the Liberals’ makeshift HQ for Saturday evening – was relief, rather than exhilaration.
Here, at last, was a semblance of electoral success. The last time the Liberals won an election in South Australia the Crows had just won their first flag. And Davenport was turning out to carry more than a passing resemblance to that John Olsen victory in 1997. Here, again, the win was hollow; it would need to be defended, explained.
There was a swing to Labor, a significant one; the Liberals were hanging on by their fingernails in a contest everyone expected them to win without breaking a sweat. Back then, the ALP was a disgraced pariah on the comeback trail under Mike Rann. They’re now well into a fourth consecutive t Full Story »
Interview | Those who know him well will tell you that Steven Marshall beat himself up about the “Vote Labor” gaffe on election eve. After a campaign with so few missteps, here was a doozy right when the spotlight was at its fiercest.
Given one seat – a handful of votes the other way in any given marginal – could have been enough to end 12 years of Labor rule, the implications of the slip have prompted plenty of “sliding doors” ruminations.
But it was another campaign gaffe that Labor has seized on with increasingly gleeful vigour in the months since.
It came more than a month out from polling day, lost amid a leaders’ debate at a lunch to mark the launch of Business SA’s charter for a more prosperous SA.
Marshall and Weatherill were being grilled by a panel of political ob Full Story »
LUNCH REVIEW | Those in the know have been enjoying authentic Vietnamese food for many years in Adelaide’s north-western suburbs. And just recently it seems there is a banh mi vendor on most CBD streets, but the opening of Madame Hanoi Bar & Bistro at the Casino last week has taken Vietnamese dining in Adelaide to a different place altogether.
Madame Hanoi presents a Vietnamese dining experience in a hotel-style setting. The fact that the restaurant is part of the Adelaide Casino portfolio, and is therefore located in one of Adelaide’s more significant and impressive heritage buildings, lends it both an air of elegance and tackiness. But the floor-to-ceiling Emma Hack mural with eye-height nipples the size of your hands, a labyrinth floor plan and an exotic menu create an overridin Full Story »