Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has accused federal Labor of “the policy equivalent of a premature rocket launch” by pledging to base the new Australian space agency in Canberra – with “nodes” in various states and territories.
The Liberals’ enthusiastic gambit in Mayo was meant to return a blue-ribbon seat to the fold – but it could end up entrenching a third-party MP there for a generation, writes Tom Richardson.
Crows chairman Rob Chapman has conceded a controversial pre-season camp’s treatment of Adelaide’s indigenous players – including star forward Eddie Betts – “could have been done better”, as the issue continues to dog the struggling club.
A High Court bid to shield Federal Government and Murray Darling Basin Authority staff from giving evidence to South Australia’s royal commission into the river has been described as “an act of treachery and bastardry”, with the Marshall Government declaring it a test case for future national agreements.
UPDATED | Local government representatives have met to anoint a new figurehead to breathe “clear air” into the scandal-scarred sector, as a former Xenophon state election candidate leads a list of contenders for the LGA presidency in the longer term.
The Crows are in freefall, as the almost-champs of 2017 risk becoming the chumps of 2018. And, to add insult to considerable injury, Port have knocked off the reigning premiers and are primed for a dream run to September. It’s enough to summon our Fumbles correspondent back from his own mid-season malaise to find some consolation in retail therapy.
Premier Steven Marshall has denied he was cautioned about “influencing or interfering with” public sector employment arrangements, but has revealed the former deputy chief executive of his department raised questions about “comments that I had made to the cabinet office” days before she was sacked.