Commenting on the story: Richardson: If this is decisive action, the Libs are in trouble
Pathetic from Steven Marshall.
Firstly he initiated an internal inquiry run by a Liberal colleague to try and brush it under the carpet.
Then, when the issue escalates, he refers to ‘other allegations’ and tries to distance himself and won’t explain what the allegations are.
In the meantime the electorate of Waite are left without representation. We need a by-election. – John Evanson
Commenting on the story: General Motors to retire Holden brand and quit Australia
As an expat Aussie who used to live in the north of Adelaide I am saddened by the actions of a global corporation that has shown absolutely no respect for the countries they have made money from.
I live in the US these days and I can tell you that most people here see the GM brand as substandard, and certainly not a leader in the auto manufacturing industry.
GM sells many large pickup trucks and SUVs because the consumers who buy these vehicles can’t afford to buy the quality vehicles manufactured by others.
In the long run Australia will benefit from their closure because the focus will need to turn inward to solve the problems.
There is more than enough talent in Australia to create a truly world-class brand of vehicles without the constraints of foreign ownership being present.
Yes, it will take vision and significant investment, but it’s possible.
The burgeoning electric vehicle market would be an obvious choice for example, or perhaps fuel cell powered vehicles.
The focus at GM is to simply make money for their shareholders, but there is something they obviously don’t understand.
Taking care of your customer base, through thick and thin, will see your shareholders benefit far more than shrinking an organisation and it’s profits.
The GM approach is one that has left many countries reeling.
There were many options available to GM when it came to Australian operations but they were too greedy to consider anything that might have saved a brand that had brought pride to a country over many decades.
In my opinion Holden vehicles were a rare commodity in the GM lineup because they were quality vehicles, unlike the trash they produce in the US and Europe. – Bob Sibson
Sad it came to this. Management could not read our market sufficiently early enough.
“GM is well positioned in our GM International core markets: South America, the Middle East and Korea.”
Great for markets of low expectations, Korea no chance up against their quality cars. – J Tappert
Commenting on the story: City council can fix Aquatic Centre without Crows
The Crows claim that their proposal would return 6000 sq m to park lands.
As I demonstrated in my analysis presented to Council on Tues 11 February, this is grossly misleading.
Their ‘giveback’ to park lands includes a large amount of open space within the fence line, especially on the western and southern sides, and the ‘oasis’ with palm trees adjacent the children’s pools and change rooms – accessible by pool users.
Furthermore, the proposal builds over part of this open space.
The current Aquatic Centre was designed (sustainably) to be openable to the outside park and fresh air.
The light metal fence is clearly for perimeter control and could easily be removed and replaced by cameras.
So let’s have a fair comparison that includes such open space within the Centre’s curtilage.
In this case, the proposal fails Guiding Principle 3 by increasing the building footprint.
It is not a “reduction in the net footprint of any facility infrastructure in its developed form”. – David Ness
Thanks for reporting on the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. I was in that meeting and my concerns are as follow:
- The volume of people present in this meeting and their passionate questions and reactions shows the high interest of the public in this matter.
- The parklands belong to the people and not to the City of Adelaide Council. They are custodians of the parklands and these can not be used for a private business to have their administration located in this area. This parts of the business need to be located in the city centre like everyone else is doing so.
- If the crows can get a grant, why can the swimming pool get a grant to fix up the problems? I do not believe in a throw away society. The Sydney Harbour Bridge does not have a use by date on it, all things can be fixed and the swimming centre is great as it is. Perhaps the pools should be sealed off and the gym be extended.
- If the Crows are successful and build their administration on the parklands and in 50 years they say sorry we are moving out, who will be moving into the building then? The costs of reconstructing a swimming pool will be so much higher. We will then be left with a real mess.
- Best outcome ever: No commercial organisation to be co located with the swimming pool. Get a grant to fix up the problems. If the crows can get a grant then we should be able to get one too. – Liesbeth Pockett
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