Adelaide | Surprise independent candidate for Fisher, Daniel Woodyatt, has attempted to distance himself from his Labor past.
Woodyatt, who has been supported by Lyn Such, the widow of longstanding local member Bob Such, said today he regretted writing an email to Such in March this year strongly endorsing Premier Jay Weatherill.
In a candidates’ debate on ABC 891 breakfast, Woodyatt said he regretted the email as well as his previous membership of the Labor Party.
He wasn’t the only candidate to have a few awkward moments in today’s debate, with Labor’s Nat Cook endorsing the Government’s unpopular hike to the Emergency Services Levy, and the Liberals’ Heidi Harris ducking and weaving on a range of social issues including gay marriage.
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Comment | Despite the modern political obsession with economic growth, not everything that is valuable in South Australia’s cultural sector can be measured by numbers.
In an interview on ABC radio a week ago, Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary to three British Prime Ministers, discussed the problem of measuring growth with the GDP index. He talked about nations “becoming addicted to pushing it up” using any means necessary, by including in their figures (for example) income from prostitution and illicit drugs.
You get what you measure. But what exactly are you measuring? Clearly, GDP is not much of a guide to social progress if it includes the proceeds of organised crime.
A bumper year for the cultural sector is on the face of it a wonderful thing. Figures released to The Adv Full Story »