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Missed something in InDaily this week? Here are quick links to the week’s best news, features and opinion.

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The Gillman land sale has dominated the week’s political agenda.

InDaily exclusively revealed what the State Government has been denying – that the Renewal SA board advised against selling the land without going to tender. Renewal SA chair Bronwyn Pike also revealed the board had given new advice supporting the sale, but confirmed that it told the Government it had concerns about a lack of tender.

Later in the week, we revealed that a chunk of the Gillman land is the subject of a legal stoush between the Adelaide City Council and the State Government.

In other news, a prominent South Australian plant scientist caused a stir when he claimed that the state’s stance against genetically modified crops was damaging the status of science.

The Liberals are promising to hand back planning powers to inner-city councils. These powers, to approve multi-storey buildings above a certain height, were taken away by the Government last year.

Insiders say Attorney-General John Rau shaping as a “compromise” candidate for Opposition Leader – should Labor lose the state election.

Opinion

With debate raging about the Western Australian shark cull, a marine scientist explains why sharks are important to the ecosystem – and why the bigger sharks matter.

Even in the midst of drought, there are excellent reasons to keep watering and protecting our city trees. Greenery, the authors argue, can help our cities cope with increasingly frequent and intense heatwaves.

Food & wine

Philip White explains why the alcohol level  listed on your bottle of wine probably isn’t true.

The Forager uncovers a charming and authentic Italian bar, just off the Mall, and lists upcoming food events and happenings.

Inside the fight for better food labelling.

Arts & culture

We preview Blackout – an Adelaide Festival show born from the experiences of witnessing the 9/11 terror attacks.

A review of the book 1914: The Year the World Ended, by military historian Paul Ham, who will be a guest at Adelaide Writers’ Week next month.

Reviews of the films Dallas Buyers Club, Robocop Reborn and Winter’s Tale.

With the festival season kicking off, we reveal our picks of the Fringe.

Design

If a tree falls in Adelaide, does anybody hear? A landscape architect makes a plea for us to consider the city’s big trees with more respect, and less hysteria.

 

 

 

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