Adelaide | The federal Defence Department has refused to back Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s assertion that the Japanese Soryu submarine is “the best in the world”.
The PM made the claim in February, telling parliament that discussions over the multi-billion dollar Future Submarines contract “have been more detailed with the Japanese, because the Japanese make the best large conventional submarine in the world”.
But written answers from Defence to questions put on notice by Senator Nick Xenophon from an Estimates hearing are considerably less effusive.
Asked whether authorities have briefed the Prime Minister that the Soryu is the best in its class, the department replies: “Defence has provided a range of advice to Government on the future submarine program, and through engagemen Full Story »
Comment | In this response to our question – does Adelaide still care about ideas? – Jay Weatherill argues his Government is going beyond elite opinion to give ordinary South Australians the power to influence debate.
It is true that the power of our ideas will help to drive and sustain South Australia’s future.
But when we think about “the next big things” it is important to ask who gets to decide what these are – and who gets included in the discussion.
As Premier, I have made a conscious effort to make the realm of ideas an opportunity for every citizen.
Experts and intellectual endeavor remain important but they should inform and serve the values and aspirations of citizens – not dictate them.
Aside from a philosophical belief in democracy, there are good Full Story »
OPERA REVIEW | State Opera of South Australia’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is wonderful entertainment from start to finish.
Before the overture, Carl Oberle’s set – a grand room with columns, arches and latticed windows – establishes that the audience is about to experience an evening of quality and interest.
Mozart’s overture contains all the light and shade of Don Giovanni’s sexual conquests, violence and ultimate downfall, and during it we have a taste of the beautiful music that is to come.
State Opera provides a vehicle for local talent and it is gratifying to see Grant Doyle playing Giovanni with such style and complete command of the stage. Doyle has a magnificent baritone voice and he is the living proof that opera singers can act convincingly whi Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE REVIEWS | Whitey reviews a wine and a whisky which share the season’s flavours and tones.
Château Pierre-Bise Savennières Roches aux Moines 2011
$51; 14.5% alcohol; cork; 93 points
Château Pierre-Bise Savennières Roches aux Moines is hardly the name on everyone’s lips. It’s a small Chenin blanc vineyard in schisty stones on the north bank of the Loire in Atlantic France. I’m not reviewing this to tease you with such a rarity, but to make a point about Chenin.
In the early ’80s I fell in love with the astonishing Chenins blanc of Moulin-Touchais, another Loire producer. These were very high acid botrytised wines that were fermented to the point of dryness, but not quite. They’d live for amazing lengths of time, corks willing. As did the C Full Story »