Adelaide | Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh is dead after a domestic dispute at his home.
“Police can confirm that the man murdered at Somerton Park in the early hours of the morning is Phil Walsh, coach of the Adelaide Crows,” police said in a statement.
His 26-year-old son was arrested after police were called to a domestic dispute at the home in Bungey Avenue, Somerton Park at 2am on Friday.
Walsh, 56, died at the scene despite attempts by ambulance officers.
His wife Meredith is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her leg.
His son is in Flinders Medical Centre for psychiatric assessment.
SA Police said ambulance crews treated a seriously injured Walsh at the home but he died at the scene.
Superintendent Des Bray told reporters outside the Somerton Park home th Full Story »
Adelaide | Thousands of South Australian patients face the prospect of having to pay more for hospital visits after Australia’s largest health insurer terminated its contract with Calvary Health Care.
Medibank Private gave notice yesterday that it would terminate its contract with Calvary following months of negotiations over the contract.
Medibank Private members seeking treatment at Calvary hospitals in Walkerville, North Adelaide, the CBD and Elizabeth Vale will be affected by the split from August 31.
Around 7000 Medibank Private members use South Australian Calvary hospitals each year.
A Medibank spokesperson said the decision to terminate the contract followed a request by Calvary to increase the rates the insurer pays for health services “to a rate to which Medibank cons Full Story »
Former Liberal leader Iain Evans has demanded independent ministers Martin Hamilton-Smith and Geoff Brock be forced to immediately reveal any campaign donations, arguing “the public has a right to judge whether there’s any conflicts of interest”.
New laws came into force yesterday that will require all independent MPs to declare donations above $5000, but only after they’ve been voted into office at the next election.
The impetus for tightening the rules governing campaign donations came from Evans, who before he retired represented the Opposition in negotiations with Attorney-General John Rau over framing the revised Electoral Act.
Rau yesterday told InDaily Evans had been “concerned about the idea independents might be able to have their cake and eat it too”, by having their Full Story »
Comment | The last 800 years of English and Australian law since the signing of Magna Carta has involved a gradual development of the most important doctrine of Westminster democracy – the separation of powers.
Make no mistake: the strength of our democracy, our freedom of speech and expression, and the health of our organs of government are all owed to this doctrine.
The “powers” are threefold: the power of the elected parliament, which is responsible for legislating and amending law; the Executive which implements the intentions of the government, or puts the law into action; and the judiciary, the courts, who interpret and give effect to the laws of the parliament.
The importance of separation is that in theory and practice no power may compromise the function of ano Full Story »
FILM REVIEW | Amy Winehouse was the incredible voice and lyrical mind behind Back to Black, one of the best albums released in the 00s.
Her admission in 2011 to the “27 Club” – a group of artists who have all died at that infamous age – saw a unique talent snuffed out by the very demons that gave her music such truth and resonance.
Much was made of Winehouse’s troubles with drugs, alcohol and her management. She was subject to the full hurricane force of British tabloid exploitation, and despite a breathtaking talent, the singer became an object of ridicule, milked by talking heads and comedians for punchlines.
Enough time has passed to consider Winehouse’s legacy with a distance from her representation in sensational media. Titled Amy, this new documentary stitches together th Full Story »