Readers’ views on the Henry Keogh case, the Fringe, the sale of the South-East forest assets, and the old RAH.
BILL ROWLINGS, Civil Liberties Australia: Excellent article on the Keogh case (Henry Keogh’s last, best hope, 27 February 2014).
We wish more media outlets did what you have done, examined the ‘story behind the story’ when it comes to the courts-DPP-police-forensics handling of cases. Well done.
BARNEY MCCUSKER: In a rural newspaper published earlier this month, Premier Jay Weatherill was reported as saying that “his government was able to get a good price for the sale of forward product rotations in the South East”.
I do not believe the figures support this pronouncement from Premier Weatherill.
The South East forestry assets made between $40m – $44m per year for the people of South Australia. The South Australian Auditor General valued these assets in excess of $1b. Despite this, Premier Weatherill and his government sold these assets to overseas interests for $670m, and threw in the plant nursery at Glencoe for free.
If Premier Weatherill believes that this price of $670m for a $1b asset was a good price, this goes a long way to explaining why the finances of South Australia are in such a poor condition.
J. MELBOURNE: Thank heavens for the Liberal Party view that the old RAH should be retained for medical use of some sort. Some common sense at long last. Adelaide doesn’t need another high school, nor does it need the other airy fairy ideas that have been floating about. And the scheme the Liberals have proposed will bring some money back into the state coffers – which are obviously pretty empty, thanks to Labor!
SHOSHANA KAMINSKY: On Friday, InDaily ran an ecstatic review of Dawson Nichols’ one-man show Virtual Solitaire.
On Saturday, I went to see this remarkable piece of theatre. The venue was half-empty. The performance was nowhere near The Garden of Unearthly Delights, but the show was very worthwhile nonetheless.
I worry that those who have brought serious, transformative drama to the Adelaide Fringe in the past will be more and more discouraged by those seeking light and airy entertainment. I do hope those who missed Virtual Solitaire will turn out in larger numbers to see Nichols’ other show I might be Edgar Allen Poe. I’m sure you won’t regret it!
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