Adelaide | The Weatherill Government has shifted the focus of its campaign for the future submarine project, based on the belief that bidders for the multi-billion dollar project have been told to prepare a business plan for eight vessels, rather than the promised 12.
The state is satisfied its two-year campaign to prevent the building work going offshore has seen that option taken off the table, but is now convinced the Commonwealth intends to reduce the scope of the build.
Premier Jay Weatherill flagged a strategic change of direction last night in a speech to around 150 industry delegates ahead of today’s Pacific 2015 international maritime expo.
He told InDaily today “it looks like the momentum seems to be shifting in favour of a local build”, with the SA Government now set on el Full Story »
Canberra | An historic Pacific free trade deal will transform Australia and usher a new era of economic growth, the Federal Government predicts.
After five years of negotiation, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was finalised overnight to establish the world’s largest trade deal.
Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the deal contains “pages and pages of benefits” and will make Australia more competitive, create jobs and boost living standards.
Besides boosting trade with the US, it will open up new markets to Vietnam, Malaysia, Chile and Canada, and usher in a new era of economic growth and opportunity across the fast-growing Asia-Pacific.
Service providers, miners and manufacturers will see tariffs slash Full Story »
AFL | There I was, all geared up for an afternoon of beer, barbie and some incidental football when disaster struck in the form of a herculean torrent of sick that made Linda Blair’s effort in The Exorcist look like a casual hock in a spittoon.
My one-year-old, displaying a sense of timing to rival Jack Darling going for a chest-mark in front of an open goal, had fallen victim to a gastro bug, which quickly began to spread around the household. So I reluctantly cancelled my leave pass for my mate Cakes’ Grand Final shindig and quarantined myself grumpily on the couch, from where I had in any case already watched so much of the passing season.
I sat through the pre-match entertainment marking the occasional backing tape mishap by muttering amusing asides to no-one in particular. My mood Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | “Stephen Pannell is one of this country’s most articulate winemakers: thoughtful and compelling when talking about wine; keen to place his work in a philosophical context,” said Peter Forrestal, editor of Gourmet Traveller‘s WINE magazine.
Forrie was announcing Steve’s victory at the magazine’s annual Australian Winemaker of the Year awards at a big-deal dinner in Sydney last week.
“While many would agree with Pannell’s ideas about making wines that are suitable for and reflect our climate, his comprehensive and classy portfolio of wines illustrates this thinking more clearly than any other we have seen in Australia.”
Stephen’s win follows hard on James Halliday announcing Yangarra Estate winemaker Peter Fraser as his Winem Full Story »
PHOTOGRAPHY | Robert Armitage’s picturesque three-shot panorama of a paddleboarder on the Onkaparinga River has won the top prize in the inaugural Through the Lens photo competition for seniors.
Armitage, who took the photo on a Canon 7D DSLR, says the location is one of his favourite spots for photography.
“Spring is an excellent time, as there are often moody skies with some wonderful cloud formations, although this image was shot in early November.”
Through the Lens was run by the Office for the Ageing and open to all South Australian Seniors Card members, who were invited to enter photos with the theme of “active ageing”.
Armitage’s image, which won the Landscape and Nature category, as well as the overall prize, will appear on the cover of the 2016 Seniors Card Discount Di Full Story »