Stand up and raise a glass, South Australia: “Vertical consumption” – state government pandemic jargon for drinking while standing – has claimed the Plain English Foundation’s golden gong for the worst words thrown up by a very strange year.
The Transport Department has defended plans to demolish the state heritage-listed Urrbrae gatehouse to widen an intersection, saying that relocating the 130-year-old landmark would cost taxpayers at least $3m – despite a specialist firm quoting the job at around $900,000 – and that doing so would remove or diminish its cultural heritage value.
After being derailed by budget cuts and the pandemic, The Overland train service between Adelaide and Melbourne will hit the tracks again within weeks, with Victoria paying to keep it running despite the Marshall Government refusing to contribute.
Australia’s Trade Minister says it’s “deeply frustrating” that China refuses to discuss its “unacceptable” targeting of Australian exports, with lamb joining wine, beef, coal, barley and timber on the unofficial hit list and wheat and cotton producers bracing as the trade dispute worsens.
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has overruled the advice of chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier to immediately relax density caps on hospitality venues to one person per two-square-metres, as the state today recorded its sixth straight day of no new coronavirus cases.
China is set to impose duties on Australian wine of between 107 and 212 per cent from tomorrow following an “anti-dumping” inquiry announced as part of a suite of measures in past months targeting Australian exports.
South Australian Senator Simon Birmingham will become Finance Minister in the Morrison Government within weeks, replacing the retiring Matthias Cormann who will be Australia’s nomination for secretary-general of the Paris-based OECD.