adelaide | A decorated veteran who has publicly advocated the Weatherill Government’s controversial plans for the Repatriation General Hospital is a personal friend of Veterans’ Affairs Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, InDaily can reveal.
Veterans’ Advisory Council (VAC) member Michael von Berg came out in a show of support for the plan to close the hospital and relocate many of the precinct’s services last week, while Hamilton-Smith was acting health minister in Jack Snelling’s absence.
But he denies any conflict of interest – despite confirming his wife is a fundraiser for the minister’s re-election in Waite and his step-daughter is employed in Hamilton-Smith’s office.
He’s been backed by prominent former soldiers, who say the VAC had to speak out on the issue be Full Story »
Comment | The following are minutes from last week’s strategy meeting between Liberal leader Steven Marshall and a key advisor.
Steven Marshall (arriving late, beaming): Good morning! Great day!
Advisor (despondently poring over the morning’s paper): Oh, hi Steven. I’m just reading the latest Newspoll.
SM: Great isn’t it!
A: Um…not really, Steven. We’re eight points down.
SM: Oh, don’t worry about that. Labor was eight points down at the election and they still won. I’m seeing this as a positive.
A: Steven, it’s a disaster. We’ve spent the past year painting the Government as illegitimate and they’re further ahead than ever. Michael Owen says your message isn’t getting through.
SM (Grins broadly): That Michael Owen is a funny guy (chuckles to himself).
A: Seriousl Full Story »
Media | In today’s column, two leading Adelaide advertising agencies merge, farewell to a radio legend, Rundle Mall’s new marketing push, a prominent SA columnist advocates punching annoying people, and much more.
Einstein Da Vinci merges with Hybrid
UPDATED: As of Monday next week, Adelaide advertising agencies Einstein Da Vinci and Hybrid Advertising and Marketing will merge under the Hybrid banner.
Hybrid’s Rob Porcaro confirmed the merger, saying he had known Einstein Da Vinci MD Linda MacAuley for 15 years.
“Both agencies have evolved substantially in recent years,” he said in a statement to InDaily.
“Einstein has morphed into a brand development agency focussed on strategy. Hybrid on the other hand built its reputation on brand development and r Full Story »
WEEKEND PICKS | Bowerbird design market returns to the Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend, the About Time history festival kicks off and Anzac tribute dance-theatre work Rotunda opens at the Festival Centre.
Other picks include the First Fridays after-hours event at the Art Gallery of SA, a piano performance by Paul Grabowsky at Nexus Live, circus spectacular Le Noir and the State Theatre Company’s production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.
The autumn/winter Bowerbird design market will be at the Stirling Angas Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds, from Friday through Sunday, featuring dozens of stalls selling artisan-style homewares, fashion, jewellery, textiles and other products. There will also be workshops, demos, kids’ activities, food, and a Friday night bar and live music Full Story »
A new, highly specialised electron microscope will allow Flinders University scientists building nanostructures at the molecular scale to see directly what they’re doing for the first time.
The $1 million Scanning Auger Nanoprobe (SAN) facility has an elemental mapping capability and is one of only two instruments of its kind in Australia.
Professor Jamie Quinton of the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology (CNSST) says the US-made instrument will play an important part in a range of research programs, including projects to revolutionise solar cells as well as the creation of a new range of anti-corrosion coatings.
The new instrument has a critical ability to map an experimental surface and highlight specific elements, allowing researchers to see what is there or if their Full Story »