Canberra | Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed she proposed a prisoner swap agreement in an 11th-hour bid to save Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from the firing squad.
And Prime Minister Tony Abbott has put in a request for one “final call” with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to press him to change his mind.
News Corp Australia reported on Thursday that Ms Bishop had “a very tense phone call” with her Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, in which she pleaded for the lives of the Bali Nine duo.
It says Bishop proposed a deal in which Indonesia would pause the execution of Chan and Sukumaran while the countries explored a potential prisoner swap arrangement.
Bishop confirmed she had talked to the Indonesian foreign minister about a prisoner s Full Story »
Comment | As debate continues to rage about lower speed limits in South Australia, researcher Craig Kloeden explains local and global research on the safety impact of reduced speed.
Lowering vehicle speeds will reduce the number of people injured and killed on the road and it only takes a small change in speed to have a big effect. Evidence for this is overwhelming.
The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide conducted the first study in the world that quantified the risks of speeding in an urban area. It was found that travelling at 65 km/h compared to 60 km/h in a 60 km/h speed limit zone doubled the risk of involvement in a injury crash and that risk doubled again with each increase of 5 km/h in travelling speed.
Although this finding was literally i Full Story »
THE FORAGER | In this week’s column: Elbio’s cake empire expands; a new restaurant and bar for Waymouth Street; Kangarilla Creamery back churning the curds at McLaren Vale, and a few fancy Festival bites.
It’s all about Elbio
Elbio Luis Perez is the king of wholesale patisserie in Adelaide and at the end of this month he’s opening the doors of his new castle, complete with signature crown at the front.
Elbio Patisserie & Café will open on Norwood Parade in a former Baptist church that was more recently home to the Mary Martin Bookshop.
It’s an enormous space with lofty ornate ceilings, soaring stained-glass windows and the original organ at the back. It will seat 122 people in four separate areas – indoors and outdoors – for high tea, tapas and Argentinian grill Full Story »
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL REVIEW | It is a privilege to have someone of Gavin Bryars’ international esteem here as composer-in-residence for the Adelaide Festival.
While he has been to Australia twice before, this is the first time his Ensemble has performed in Adelaide.
Bryars is described as “one of the most influential, significant, important and prolific” contemporary composers. His work covers an expansive musical field from jazz and improvisation, to sound installations, operas, orchestral works, madrigals and lauda, and the songs of Tom Waits. Festival artistic director David Sefton describes him as “one of the great living composers”.
Bryars began his impressive musical career as a jazz player in the 1960s, and still those jazz notes keep bubbling to the for Full Story »