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The Independent Weekly
You may have missed this gem,
an exchange involving SA Liberal
senator Mary Jo Fisher during the
Estimates Committee hearings. We
repeat it verbatim.
Mr Williams: That has been
concatenated with your question,
Senator Fisher: Sorry --
Mr Williams: Concatenated --
Senator Fisher: Thank you.
Chair: We will have no whooping
in here, Senator Fisher. Let us
just keep it dignified.
Senator Fisher: I am having a good
Chair: Well, keep it to yourself.
The State Government has been boasting
about its investment, using your money,
in The Boys Are Back, Scott Hicks' latest
film which opened in Adelaide this week.
Kevin Foley was there, sharing a gasper
and chatting amicably with the delightful,
and delightfully young, actress Emma
The movie, shot on the Fleurieu
Peninsula, will buy publicity for South
Australia that "money can't buy", he said,
even though our money bought it.
On the very same day, a television
crew from France 2 was scooting down
the Lower Lakes and the once-mighty
Murray's nether regions for an interna-
tional report on its constipation -- nothing
now passes naturally from the Murray
into the sea, as the passage is completely
The crew had to use a hovercraft.
There's not enough water for boats these
The French news gatherers had a look
at the Narrung ferry, the Hindmarsh
Island end of the Clayton regulator, the
Finniss and Tauwitchere barrage.
It's going to buy us international cover-
age for an environmental catastrophe that
we should have paid any money to fix.
Starring Jill Bottrall and
Lachlan Parker, press advisers
to the Premier.
L: Botters! Ouch!
B: Hi Lachy.
L: Why the hell did you kick me
B: Because ...
L: Because what?
B: Just because ...
L: Well ouch. Botters, we have a
problem. Deputy Dog has gone
public with his MLC.
L: Mid Life Crisis.
B: Oh (expletive deleted). How does
it affect the Boss?
L: Dunno yet.
B: Boss will probably be furious.
He's the only PST.
L: Post Traumatic Stress? After the
B: PST not PTS. Public Sympathy
Target. Get with the lingo, Lachy.
B: So how did you let it get into the
L: Usual thing ... long interview,
achievements, tough image, loyal
deputy -- mostly -- and all that.
L: And then he welled up.
B: He welled up? Oh (expletive
deleted)! So the journo wrote up the
welling up and it's front page?
B: Is that all?
L: No. he said he was lonely.
B: Lonely?! We're all (expletive
deleted) lonely! We're all alone in
this world! No Deputy Dog is an
island. He eats, he raises taxes, he
dies. Who does he think he is?
L: Just a lonely guy?
B: Not funny, Lachy.
L: Ouch! So what do we do?
B: Obvious, Lachy. Find him a
L: He says that's why he's lonely.
He's had a few and they haven't
B: Well find him another one! Get
him in the social pages with a smile
on his face and a woman on his arm.
Who was that barmaid the boss
allegedly got biffed over? Maybe
L: Botters! No! She's taken. Anyway,
the Boss wouldn't like that, would
B: No, for once you're right. And the
Boss might biff Deputy Dog.
L: The Boss would come off worst.
B: Well that wouldn't be a bad thing.
His ratings went up after the last
L: Botters, be serious! What do we
B: Profile on the Boss.
L: What kind of profile?
B: It's so lonely at the top kind of
profile. More lonely for the Boss
than for a Deputy Dog. I can see it:
the Boss struggling from working-
class hack to a leader for our time,
the Great Decision Maker, the man
who takes the tough decisions, the
massive decisions. Alone ...
L: God, Botters!
B: What's the matter?
L: I'm welling up.
B: What's that you're humming?
L: Roy Orbison.
B: What the hell for..?
L: The soundtrack for our next
campaign ad ...
B: Lachy, sometimes you almost
make me believe ...
L: Dum dum dum dumby do ah...
* Not based on a true story
Government Relations Australia is
one of those lobbying firms which
does lobbying, by all accounts. It
draws its staff and consultants from
the heart of politics, and they pump
their message throughout the body
Now comes news that a Sydney-
based GRA director, Scott Gartrell,
has joined NSW Deputy Premier
Carmel Tebbutt's office as chief-of-
staff. Gartrell was communication
director for the ALP's winning
2007 federal election campaign and
media adviser to then opposition
leader Kevin Rudd.
In order to keep some sense of
propriety, GRA has undertaken
not to contact Gartrell for 12
If the same standards were
employed in SA, would lobbyists
and former MPs have anyone to talk
to?GRA's state general manager is
Tim Ryan, who was once Premier
Mike Rann's policy adviser but
immediately before joining GRA
was director of development with
Carnegie Mellon University during
its establishment phase.
Carnegie Mellon got a squillion
dollars of taxpayers' money from
It was a glittering night -- the Clubs
SA Awards of Excellence presenta-
tion last Saturday.
The North Adelaide Football Club
won what the SANFL reckoned
was "arguably the hottest category
of the night". Was this for player
support, the family-like atmosphere
of its club headquarters or its
involvement with the community?
No. Was it for promoting the game?
No.The hottest category of the night?
North Adelaide's Grand North was
announced the winner of the best
gaming machine venue.
Shows where the priorities are.
The Trott family is synonymous
with McLaren Vale and the
Trott Family Trophy carries the
prestige and pride associated with
So Emily Trott's speech about
Glenthorne Farm at the trophy
presentation last weekend is
"Glenthorne Farm has been
many things to many people," she
said. "In 2001 it passed from the
CSIRO to its current guardian, the
University of Adelaide.
"Importantly, since the 1830s,
Glenthorne Farm has always
remained a green buffer between
development and the south-west.
"This land was transferred to
the university on the basis that
there would be no housing on the
site and that the land would be
used for viticulture, research and
"However, this year the
University of Adelaide wanted
to sell 63 hectares of the farm for
Ms Trott said the loudest voice
against the sale was Philip White,
who, she said, had helped protect
his great friend's vision when Trott
was no longer around to physically
watch over it himself.
"More importantly, what Philip
has vehemently helped to protect,
is the vital, green, ever-buffering
"It gives me great pleasure to
award the Trott Family Trophy 2009
to Mr Philip White."
Meanwhile, Adelaide reporter Ian
Henschke and the ABC TV Stateline
production team of John Gilbert,
Steve Opie and Phil Jinks have
been awarded a UN Media Peace
Award for a story on the remarkable
Professor Chris Nordin. It won the
all-media section for Positive Image
of an Older Person.
Prof Nordin, who turns 90 next
March, runs an osteoporosis clinic
at the RAH. He donates all his fees
to research and is still publishing
research papers. He's been lobbying
for years for menopausal women to
be given free bone scans, saying this
would save the health system bil-
lions. He also says lack of vitamin
D is becoming a major health issue
and urges everyone to be tested
to get some sensible sun or take a
vitamin D tablet if they are low.
Of course you've heard of the
Rebels, that naughty gang of bikies
who ... well, presumably, rebel.
We've just come across this
wonderful snap of motorcycles lined
up outside the Rebels' headquarters.
All the bikes are black, all are the
same make, all the same style.
Rebels or conformists?
Workmen near the Tauwitchere barrage, now low and dry and soon internationally infamous.
Photo: Kate Elmes
Don't call us, we'll call you
Stateline's Ian Henschke (right)
before the award announcement.
Photo: Kate Elmes
Odds on Conformists?
We are not amused
Mary Jo Fisher: having a good time.
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