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October 23 - 29, 2009 hear'say
You might lust after this year's
new Aston Martin or Hyundai,
but modern machinery's beauty
is fleeting. Far better the polished
brass and copper of a century ago,
when horseless carriages had style
They may all be "over the ton" or
very near it, but this Sunday dozens
of cars and motorbikes hit the
road for the annual "Down Under
London to Brighton" run.
Vintage Sports Car Club
organiser Nevin Skurray says
this is a rare chance to see vehicles
which, due to their extreme age
and in some cases very primitive
engineering, no longer risk large
"Some cars have one-cylinder,
some have three wheels and two
cylinders, some have four and six
cylinders and some are even V8s,
some are 'semi-automatic' and
smooth to drive, others change
gears with maximum effort and
maximum noise," he says.
Many of these cars are so old they
can't manage the Bay to Birdwood
You'll be able to see the vehicles
close-up at London Road, Mile
End, at 9.45am, the North Brighton
reserve at 11.15 and at Dover Square,
South Brighton, at lunchtime.
Bring your own Brasso.
exchange in State
Speaker, this is a
ministers don't use
words like 'shit',
'wanker' and 'turd'
live to radio. We
are not the kind
whose leader uses
'donkey punch' and---"
Mr GRIFFITHS (Deputy
Liberal leader): "I rise on a point
of order, Mr Speaker. I am rather
surprised by the words coming from
the Attorney-General's mouth. I ask
him to refer back to the question."
The SPEAKER: "No doubt there
is some relevance,
which the Attorney-
General will make
"All I can say is that
the Leader of the
Opposition and the
potty mouths, like
members of outlaw
For the record,
but not found
any instance of
Redmond, using the
stroke" or "donkey punch".
We could tell you what they mean,
but we feel demeaned enough. Don't
look them up if you don't know.
The Attorney has now put
these words in Hansard, the
official report of the debates and
proceedings of the Parliament.
Meanwhile, Sheezel was a strong
contender to replace Peter Costello,
who retired from Parliament this
But it all went wrong. Sheezel's
chances of becoming the new MP
for Higgins were described in May
last year as somewhere between
terminal and somewhat dimmed
after two men who worked for
him were linked to a
website operating from
Victorian Liberal Party
The website, entitled
less than flattering of
Leader Ted Baillieu
and senior Victorian
Fraser was condemned
as "that epitome of treachery",
outspoken federal backbencher
Petro Georgiou was dismissed as a
"waste of space", and the Victorian
senator Judith Troeth was labelled
"stupid" and described as "not one
of life's workhorses, despite having
a face like one". Mr Baillieu ordered
an investigation into the website,
which was quickly traced back to
Simon Morgan, Sheezel's right-
hand man, and another Liberal
staffer, John Osborn. Mr Sheezel
denied any role in or knowledge of
the scandal, but Mr Baillieu said
the two men had not acted alone and
ordered an internal inquiry.
Sheezel was replaced
as state director by
Tony Nutt who, until
late last year was the
chief of staff to John
Howard. Mr Nutt
was charged with
undertaking "a full
investigation into the
activities that have
been going on within
the Victorian Liberal
"It is time to clean
the house," Mr Baillieu
"We have some cancerous
elements within our party and they
are destroying the Liberal Party for
all its members."
Welcome to South Australia,
Julian. There's none of that here.
New Liberal Party director Julian
Sheezel started work this week,
ready to lead the Opposition to
near-certain defeat at
the March election.
Sheezel's last gig was
state director and
campaign director of
the Liberal Party in
Victoria for the 2007
federal election, so he
may know how to put
on the brave face of
The Liberal Party
in SA is trailing in the polls and
may not even hold all its seats in
2010. The party's last director,
John Burston, "quit" in August
following a heated discussion about
his tactics at the state conference.
At that conference new Liberal
leader Isobel Redmond
was embarrassed over
a party vote to promote
nuclear power, which is
as popular as roadkill.
Still, Sheezel (left) will
"ensure that the Liberal
mounts an effective
campaign to deliver the
Liberal Government SA
desperately needs," according to
interim director and acting state
president Grant Chapman.
It's more a wish than a prediction.
No party pooper
Career cough turns
into a Sheezel
That old marble and granite
building on North Terrace is
getting ready to run on empty.
Parliament will sit for three
days next week and three days
in late November, and then close
until the middle of next year.
No more reports to be tabled, no
more committees to report, no
more nasty Question Time for the
Government between November
and the election.
leader Natasha Stott
Despoja has a new
career on talk radio.
She'll fill in on ABC
Radio 891 for a week
while regular host
(right) is on leave.
In the same week,
Review editor Lachlan
replace Drive shift presenter Grant
Some ABC staff are disappointed
that ABC staffers
weren't given the
roles and that the
corporation looked for
outside talent. "There's
plenty of talent the
ABC could promote,"
said one radio hound.
"There are people
in the regions, people
here (at Collinswood)
and people from the
former politicians in
may be good publicity, but it doesn't
nurture or develop staff careers,
nor build our own skills base."
Flinders University's got mail.
The story goes that Keith Borrow
is (or was -- he died in 2005) the
great-grandson of Boyle Travers
Finniss, our first premier under
Borrow's other great-grandfather
was Richard Eales Borrow,
the treasurer of SA Railways'
construction branch in those very
early days when railways ran on
steam and on time.
Because of the great-grand-daddy
connection, Keith Borrow got hold
of a letter written to his railroading
ancestor by George French
Angas, the 19th-century painter,
writer, botanist and professional
traveller who was the son of
George Fife Angas, founder of the
South Australian Company and the
most powerful landowner in the
Keith Borrow bequeathed the
letter to Flinders University. Now
with all those famous names
involved you might think that the
letter would be equally famous.
It's not. It has, perhaps deservedly,
languished in obscurity.
Because beneath the decorum of
19th-century letter-writing, you can
tell that Angas was seething -- about
a missing parcel of fish.
Discovering that the parcel had
languished on the platform at
Freeling from Thursday to Sunday,
he tersely suggests to Richard
Borrow that "if the mailman
likes to breakfast on it on Monday
morning, he is quite welcome to do
The kind offer was almost
Wired for wireless
Any old iron (and brass)
Pilot car for this year's run is a 1910 Phanomobile Roadster owned by John Hancock.
Michael Atkinson: demeaning.
Parliament House shutters up
Peter Costello: quit this
Digital image: Luke Cussans
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