ANALYSIS | Academic and media columnist Professor Judith Sloan chose one of the state’s most important occasions to deliver the worst keynote speech I’ve ever heard.
Sloan’s speech was the lowlight of an otherwise remarkable tribute to local enterprise as Business SA celebrated the 175th anniversary of the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry – the oldest such chamber in Australia.
The business community was ready to celebrate – but the applause turned to jeers as Sloan’s long speech failed to acknowledge any positives about the state’s future.
In front of an audience of around 1000 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, business champions were honoured with the “175 Hall of Fame Awards”: they included BankSA, Bickford’s, Michell Wo Full Story »
KEITH CONLON | September 1, 1976, marked much more than the coming of spring to Adelaide. It was the day when the champagne flowed from the newly placed Victorian-era fountain at the corner of Gawler Place and the brand new Rundle Mall.
The intersection is a good starting point for our second stroll along Adelaide’s premier retail strip with the plan to look skywards to find symbols of boom times past.
Before we take off, we stare into … space. The section of Gawler Place on the North Terrace side is noticeably wider than the street on the southern side of the Mall. That’s because we can no longer look up at the old York picture theatre. Long and tall and narrow, it could house 1700 cinema-goers from 1921 until it was demolished in 1960 as part of a City Council road-widenin Full Story »