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The Independent Weekly
Matthew Pantelis, FIVEaa
news editor: The election show
started on Australia Day, when the
alleged ex-lover of the Premier, M.
Chantelois (as a terse statement from
the Premier s office on Wednesday
describes her), attended an art exhibi-
tion which Mike Rann was to open.
You ll recall the Premier cancelled
his appearance, saying the day is
about dignity, while M. Chantelois
made it clear she had no intention of
confronting him but wanted to show
she s confident and getting on with
Despite M. Rann firmly denying
any sexual relationship with M.
Chantelois, he and Labor strategists
are surely having sleepless nights,
worrying about the nightmare
scenario of the Premier having
to cancel campaign appearances
because the former Parliamentary
waitress has turned up.
On Wednesday, M. Chantelois
surfaced again, delivering an
envelope believed to contain data
from a lie detector test to the
Premier s Victoria Square office.
She told the media to ask M. Rann
about the results, while the state-
ment from his office calls her actions
a politically motivated media stunt.
Malcolm Mackerras, psepholo-
gist: The election on March 20 will
be the third consecutive Labor
victory. It will, however, be a
significantly weaker win for Labor
than in 2006 but better than in 2002.
For that reason it will strengthen
Isobel Redmond as leader of the
She would, therefore, be a good bet
to lead her party out of Opposition
and on to the treasury benches in
2014. If and when that happens she
would be the first female premier in
that situation. Every other female
premier gained that office courtesy
of succeeding a man who had led his
party out of the wilderness.
Paris Dean, Radio Adelaide
news: A Labor victory appears so
likely that Michael Atkinson has
broken the cardinal rule: conceding
success. Atkinson s assurance that
he would now repeal controversial
electoral disclosure laws that
initially enjoyed bi-partisan
support did more than placate the
AdelaideNow readers he had decried
as "sewer" dwellers -- it was the first
public admission by a government
minister that he was a shoe-in.
Despite the Government gaffes,
the Opposition s intrinsic problems
remain: too few seats, too little time
and a scattergun attack "strategy"
that doesn t allow itself to define its
adversary or appear to lend itself
to an alternative narrative for the
state s future.
Graham Archer, producer Today
Tonight: Week one -- Election story
1. Investigate wild rumour Rann
Government has passed a law
censoring political debate, forcing
public to provide ID.
Wild rumour confirmed. Source --
2. Check absurd yarn that blogger
who regularly posts political views
online doesn t exist and is a Liberal
Absurd yarn has legs. Source --
3. Follow up crazy idea the
media can now break new law with
Apparently true. Source -- Michael
4. Check unbelievable story that
Michael Atkinson still has job ...
Unbelievable story believable.
Source -- Michael Atkinson and
right-wing heavies, names and
Dr Clement MacIntyre, Adelaide
Uni School of History and
Politics: This election is really
Labor s to lose. The Government has
had two largely successful terms in
office. The economy is as strong as
can be reasonably expected and the
Cabinet has been stable, disciplined
The Liberals are under their
fourth leader since the last election
and have an enormous gap to close.
To win a majority, they need to win
10 new seats and hold all 14 that they
While the Liberals will be hoping
that a combination of policy debates
like the location of the RAH and
recent distractions like the allega-
tions made against the Premier
and the internet censorship row
will eat into the ALP s poll lead, the
Government goes into the campaign
as the clear favourite.
David Bevan, ABC radio 891:
Mornings has been touring South
Australia this week, gauging the
mood of country voters. Whether in
Port Pire, Renmark or the south-
east, listeners are calling in worried
about water -- water for a promised
mining expansion, water for dying
crops, and in an interesting twist in
Mt Gambier, fluoride in the drinking
They want to know who s going to
deliver more doctors and whether
Labor is serious about country SA.
No ALP candidates have been
chosen for Mt Gambier, MacKillop
or Hammond. In Frome and
Chaffey, the Labor candidate will
have to battle perceptions that
Head Office wants them there
to send votes to the non-Liberal
As they see it
"I ve been arguing for one for
years and years and years," Ms
Redmond said on radio FIVEaa.
"We ve produced a model based on
the New South Wales ICAC. The
Government keeps trying to say
it s worth $30 million a year but
the New South Wales ICAC budget
was $15.6 million. I think it s now
just over $17 million, and we re
a smaller state but we ve always
said we d adopt their figure so we
couldn t be accused of underesti-
"But I think we do need to be, as
a community, satisfied that all the
decisions that are made by govern-
ment departments and government
agencies and local councils are
made for the right reasons and not
because someone s got a bit of a
backhander or favour ... and we
need an ICAC. Queensland has one,
New South Wales has one, WA has
one, Tasmania has now introduced
the legislation for one, it s time we
had one in this state."
Atkinson disagrees. "An ICAC is a
very, very expensive option and no
adequate case has yet been made
for us to do so," he says. He says SA
already has sufficient other bodies
to do the job.
But Mr Rann and Mr Atkinson
are becoming increasingly isolated
in their hard line against an ICAC.
"Any jurisdiction that doesn t
have its own ICAC-type body is just
crazy," said former NSW Premier
Morris Iemma. "If you don t have
one, you have either discovered a
secret to human nature that has
eluded the rest of us, or -- as is
more likely to be the case -- you are
Peter Beattie, a former
Queensland Premier whose own
Labor Party has felt the lash of an
ICAC s whip, still has no hesitation
in supporting one. "All states need
a watchdog beyond government
control to maintain honesty and
integrity in public administration,"
The director of public prosecu-
tions, Stephen Pallaras, also spoke
in its favour. "It s essential that we
have one," he said.
"I would have thought a govern-
ment wanting to be tough on law
and order would welcome another
tool against crime -- and corruption
is a crime," said Adelaide lawyer
There is support for an ICAC on
the Labor side too. "I ve always said
there should be an ICAC equivalent
in SA," former Labor senator Chris
Like other newspapers which
have investigated allegations of
official corruption -- Brisbane s
Courier Mail, The Sydney Morning
Herald and Melbourne s The Age --
The Independent Weekly has dossiers
which suggest there is, at the very
least, a case to be answered over
instances of alleged corruption.
"Corruption will never be
eliminated, no it won t," Mr Cripps
says. "The most you can hope for is
that it will be reduced."
He said the risks of corruption
were possibly greatest at a local
council level, when developers
wanted particular projects to go
"This is because in the planning
and approval process there is a lot
of discretion to be exercised. It
might mean millions (of dollars)
to someone who wants a particular
He says the anti-corruption
commission not only investigates
official corruption, but simply
having such a body reduces the level
of corruption that would otherwise
"A classic example is bribery to
get a result from a public official,"
Mr Cripps has previously
acknowledged that the issue of
developers being able to donate to
political parties or candidates may
never be resolved.
"Governments resent and resist
any limit on the rules on political
donations," he said.
But most political donations in
SA are totally secret and anony-
"There is a murky river of gold
flowing into political parties that
the SA people simply do not know
about," Greens MLC Mark Parnell
said, studying the returns.
"SA has the worst political
donations laws in the nation.
Because of our slack laws millions
of dollars are flowing into the Labor
and Liberal parties that do not need
to be declared.
"There is the huge gap between
the total amount received by
parties, and how much has
been declared to the Electoral
Commission. In the case of Labor
and Liberal, there is over $3 million
that remains unaccounted for.
"We simply do not know who
has given the money and what they
expect in return," Mr Parnell said.
A New South Wales ICAC report
found that "political donations at
both local and state level can create
conflicts of interest for decision-
"Donations increase the
likelihood that some inappropriate
re-zonings or development consents
will be obtained," the report found.
So on January 5 this year, after
repeatedly denying there were any
problems with corruption in South
Australia, the Attorney-General
finally revealed what most South
Australians had already acknowl-
Corruption does exist in this
But an ICAC does not.
● The relationship and money trail
between developers, donors and
● Government misuse of taxpayers'
money, government authority and
● Suspicious land re-zonings,
government contracts or property
deals which benefit political parties
or individuals, rather than the public.
● Incidents like the dodgy
documents forgery. Police gave up
trying to track down criminals who
concocted the email which falsely
implicated senior political figures in
an electoral donation scandal. An
ICAC will have the power to compel
witnesses to answer questions.
● The Easling affair. Witnesses in the
Tom Easling case were offered induce-
ments to testify against him. His name
was released to the media before his
arrest, an offence under the Act.
● The Randall Ashbourne affair.
The Premier's then senior adviser
was tried and acquitted after it was
alleged he offered an inducement
to stop a defamation action against
the Attorney-General. The former
acting director of public prosecutions
later told parliament delays in proper
investigation tainted the capacity for
effective prosecution of the case.
● The Stashed Cash Affair, which
involves the Attorney-General and
the Crown Solicitor's Trust Account,
where politics and personality may
have clouded proper investigation.
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Labor holds out
A FUTURE ICAC COULD INVESTIGATE:
Dr Clement MacIntyre
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