Adelaide | The Royal Adelaide Hospital has admitted it knowingly rostered doctors in breach of health, safety and welfare standards.
The General Medical rosters for the Medical Practitioners Group at the RAH had failed to meet restrictions of excessive hours of duty, the RAH’s Head of General Medicine, Dr Jeff Faunt, has told the Industrial Relations Court.
The breaches included failures to provide four days free from duty in each 28 day cycle, failures to provide one weekend free of duty in each 28 day cycle, and requiring employees to work in excess of eight consecutive days.
The breaches had gone on for several years and reflected a lack of resources, Faunt admitted.
The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) became aware of the problem in August and sough Full Story »
OTTAWA | A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list killed a soldier and attempted to storm Canada’s parliament before being gunned down in turn by the assembly’s sergeant-at-arms.
The attacker, identified in the Canadian media as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was considered a “high risk” suspect and had seen his passport seized to prevent him fighting abroad.
Instead, he shot and killed a Canadian soldier who was mounting a ceremonial guard at a war memorial in downtown Ottawa before storming into the nearby parliament building.
The soldier was named in reports as Corporal Nathan Cirillo, part of a detachment on ceremonial duties at Parliament Hill, the heart of Canada’s national government and home to its legislature.
The attacker was killed, reporte Full Story »
Comment | Local councils have received a fillip just prior to elections via an independent survey conducted by Newspoll.
Established by Professor A J Brown at Queensland’s Griffith University, the survey has shown a further growth in public confidence in councils across Australia.
From a positive response of 57% in 2008, confidence rose to 58.1% in 2012 and the latest survey showed further growth to 58.9%.
While we are not in competition with state or federal governments, the states scored 54.5% and the Australian Government 52.5%.
Below these national results however, confidence in SA councils grew by 3% to 64.5%, well exceeding the national average.
No-one should get carried away with surveys but the trends are interesting.
A key question which arises is whether it could flag an increa Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE REVIEWS | Whitey’s been worrying about posh Chardonnay - but, like, why?
Kooyong Faultline Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2012
$60; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; 92 points
There’s not much of your actual fruit to sniff here: no peach or melon aromas or much of what you’d normally expect to find rising from a glass of your Australian Chardonnay. Hang on: Maybe there is some melon: the crinkly skin of the cantaloupe, the rock melon which is what the Americans call a muskmelon.
Oh yes, it also smells like rock, or at least the guano rock of Nauru: dry, sharp and acrid. Dusty, dry hessian. Burlap. Hemp. The palate is slender and edgy, with a hint of that melon. No, it’s not cantaloupe, it’s more like honeydew flesh. Maybe a very creamy pear. The acid is Full Story »