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The Outsider: Winners are grinners


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Today, silent taunts rain down, surprised businesses set to reward Labor, the ‘Tiser shuffles the pack, and Adelaide’s favourite rodent goes quiet.

Rubbing it in

Most politicians did the right thing and smartly removed their election posters after polling day.

However, until yesterday – nearly three weeks after the election – Jay Weatherill’s smiling visage remained on Vardon Avenue, off Rundle Street.

Surely, it wasn’t been left there by design to silently taunt the most senior Liberal office-bearer in SA?

The offending corflute was placed immediately outside the offices of Bespoke Approach – the consulting firm that until this week was the business home of state Liberal Party president Alexander Downer, who surely didn’t need such a smug daily reminder of the Jay ascendancy? (Happily for Alex, he’s now off to London as Australia’s High Commissioner, replacing the grinning Jay with the architectural delights of the Strand.)

Poignantly, Bespoke has also been the corporate home of Kevin Foley, the former Labor Treasurer famously (and unsuccessfully) challenged for his deputy leadership by Weatherill after the 2010 state election. No love lost there.

But they’re a broad church at Bespoke, and former federal Labor minister Nick Bolkus is also on the Bespoke roster of talent.

Jay is definitely in his good books for reasons explained below.

"I won Alex, I won!"

“I won Alex, I won!”

The winner takes it all

Good times have returned for state Labor in more ways than one.

In the years leading up to the recent election, Labor’s fundraising efforts had started to run dry as businesses jumped on board with the Liberal Party, in the expectation that they would rule SA for at least the next four years.

In the wake of the surprise March 15 result the corporate dough has started to flow again – and how.

Next Tuesday night, Labor’s fundraising arm – SA Progressive Business (run by the aforementioned Nick Bolkus), is putting on a sold-out show at law firm Minter Ellison.

The entire Labor dream team will be there for dinner – Weatherill, Deputy Premier John Rau, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and Health Minister Jack Snelling – to discuss “both the exciting changes and challenges facing this state and why the Weatherill Government is the best team to keep building South Australia”.

Minters is also the workplace of former Labor minister Pat Conlon.

Tickets were available “from $880” – we’re not sure how much the really expensive seats cost.

Expect more dough to flow to Labor before the end of the financial year, as local business attempts to square the ledger after their splurge on the Liberals over the past few years.

Tiser shuffles the deck

News Corp’s editorial poster-boy Paul Starick is set to pull on the walking boots again after this week’s staff re-shuffle at The Advertiser.

The former deputy editor at the paper and until recently head of news has been moved to the position of chief reporter.

It’s not that long ago that he was being touted as a possible editor of the Sunday Mail.

Staff were told “Paul will lead major investigations and key editorial projects”.

Louise Treccasi steps up to become deputy editor of the Saturday edition of the ‘Tiser.

Andrew Hough, who recently returned from several years in London where he honed his tabloid edges, becomes city editor – whatever that means.

Trudie Glynn-Roe, who surprised her colleagues when she belted around the Clipsal racetrack for a hot lap a few years ago, is now photographic manager in charge of rostering and managing the workflow of the photographers – a tough task in any newsroom.

The shifting of the deck chairs was best summed up by one senior staffer as follows: “Everyone got a new title, but no new money.”

Call the RSPCA?

Coco the footy tipping Guinea Pig has been very quiet of late.

Her profile on ABC 891’s breakfast program – once sky high – has plummeted.

The celebrity tipster seems to have been replaced in the hearts of presenters Matt Abraham and David Bevan by Mrs Bevan.

Coco mugs are still hugely popular, and the rodent’s tips can be found on the ABC website, but where’s the little rascal herself?

Call in Coco. People are worried.

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