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Congratulations to Luke Hochman who won the 2009 Indaily footy tipping
competition. Luke picks up a 42" Samsung plasma TV.
Aproposal from one of SA's
most respected law officers to
help innocent people defend
themselves in court has been
applauded by MPs, others in the
judiciary, and senior Adelaide
Deputy chief magistrate
Andrew Cannon told a Federal
Government inquiry sitting in
Adelaide that people charged and
acquitted should be able to get
back some of their legal costs.
"A person who is acquitted
should generally recover a
predictable amount of costs," Dr
He advocated that the awarding
of costs should be left to judges,
because in some acquittals the
accused may not deserve money.
"At the moment, to be charged
with an offence in a major
indictable matter is financially
extremely expensive," he said.
"It is inconsistent with the
presumption of innocence that a
person who is acquitted is left with
a legal bill which may be tens of
thousands of dollars."
The state Member for
Davenport, Iain Evans, said there
was no better example of someone
being acquitted and left with the
bill than Tom Easling.
Mr Easling's successful defence,
where he was acquitted of all 20
charges, cost him $2 million which
he can't get back.
Mr Easling, a career public serv-
ant, was fortunate to have family
and friends with the capacity to
raise the $2 million for his defence.
"I am also aware of another
case, where an 80-year-old
pensioner spent $30,000 success-
fully defending his innocence.
He can't get that back but where
does a pensioner find $30,000?" Mr
Ten South Australian bilbies
hopped on a plane to WA last week.
It's hoped they will help save the
Bilbies are on the brink of
extinction and no wild bilbies are
left in SA.
The three females and seven
males bred in captivity at Adelaide
zoos and wildlife parks have been
specially chosen by the National
Bilby Species Co-ordinator to
get the right mix of genetics to
keep the species healthy. They are
eventually to be released onto a
predator-free island in WA.
But, meanwhile, ecologists are
arguing over a proposal by Sydney
University Professor Mike Letnic
to deliberately let dingoes cross the
SA dingo fence. Prof Letnic thinks
dingoes in national parks might
help control foxes and feral cats,
which have caused the extinction
or decline of a numerous native
Dingoes were introduced
into Australia, probably by the
Indonesians, about 4000 years ago.
"Where dingoes do exist,
there appears to be a benefit to
native animals and vegetation by
controlling the population of other
introduced species," Prof Letnic
The fence across the outback has
kept dingos out of pastoral areas
since it was built in 1901. "I'd never
suggest introducing dingos where
there are sheep," Prof Letnic said.
"I would argue to keep them or
reintroduce them in areas such as
national parks where they could be
of huge benefit."
But Opposition MP Graham
Gunn, whose Stuart electorate is
one of the largest in the state, is
outraged at the proposal and said
if dingoes were introduced into
areas outside the fence they would
escape and proliferate.
"I'm absolutely amazed anyone
could even propose this and I hope
commonsense prevails," Mr Gunn
West coast protection sealed
rejoice: the Government
has announced the
purchase of 10 parcels
of land on the Eyre
Peninsula to help
protect rare and
The 1400 hectares of
new coastal conserva-
tion areas will help
ensure the safety of
native fauna including
the white-bellied sea
eagle, osprey and
Australian sea lion.
Located between Cape
Blache and Slade Point,
the land will be added
to the existing parks
and reserves between
Streaky Bay and Venus
"The west coast
is known for its
and for being a
haven for rare and
said Environment and
"We've bought 10
coastal properties in the
Streaky Bay area to help
maintain and restore
natural habitats and
provide greater protec-
tion for threatened
groups welcomed the
Greg Hobson, national
convener from the
Friends of Sceale Bay,
said the purchase would
have a direct impact on
the areas wildlife.
"There are some really
strategic and important
individual blocks that
the Government has
identified and purchased
back and they really are
important buffer zones
around areas where
there are known to be
birds," Mr Hobson said.
"It's a really impor-
that the state actually
values these species.
There is no more direct
indication of that than
paying to buy back
As well as the
land purchase, the
that several pockets of
other crown land would
be allotted to the parks
and reserves system,
and a new environment
department office and
ranger would be put into
It's all gone to the dogs
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.
FIRST of the Friends.
JAM USA/0574/01 CRICOS PROVIDER NO 00121B
The collective talents and experiences of the
many Friends of the SA School of Art (UniSA)
are on show in this exhibition, with diverse
art, design and craft pieces displaying their
Exhibition open: 8 September -- 2 October
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