The former minister who introduced the Act that governs the Adelaide City Council insists a newly-installed gag rule on elected members is unlawful and anti-democratic.
The troubled state branch of the Returned and Services League is in fresh turmoil, with a group of members declaring “all confidence has been lost” in the current leadership.
The local government sector is pushing to change an “outdated” state law that sees Adelaide ratepayers pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation millions of dollars in compulsory advertising, in a new blow to the media company’s ailing suburban newspaper stable.
News Corp’s flagship suburban masthead in SA, The City, will stop being printed, while home delivery of the weekly Messenger north of Adelaide will cease from this month amid a broader local restructure at the media company that has already claimed at least 10 journalists’ jobs this month.
The State Opposition says the Marshall Government has “no choice” but to prosecute unregistered ‘in-house’ lobbyists inadvertently caught in breach of state law – a law first introduced by the former Labor administration.
Senior and veteran journalists are expected to be among 10 jobs being axed today at Adelaide’s News Corp daily The Advertiser, amid a nationwide cull of 55 media roles.