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The Independent Weekly
The Attorney-General quietly
amended his controversial election
laws before the writs were issued,
but the Independent Weekly was just
one of the media organisations left
in the dark.
The laws, which would have
required anyone commenting on
electoral issues in print or online
to use their full name and postcode,
caused a furore earlier this year,
leading Mr Atkinson to promise to
retrospectively repeal the offending
However, on February 18, two
days before the election writs were
issued, the Government Gazette
published new regulations to
invalidate the requirement.
Mr Atkinson s spokesperson, Rob
Malinauskas, said he understood
"the relevant organisations that
were affected by this were informed
of the change".
Advertiser political journalist
Daniel Wills also seemed to be
unaware of the changes when a
discussion arose on AdelaideNow s
election debate live blog, saying:
"He s (Atkinson) basically said
he won t take up that option (to
prosecute). It s unusual, but hardly
improper. They would repeal sooner
if they could."
Mr Malinauskas said he did
not feel the changes needed to be
announced by press release, despite
the public interest in the story.
"Hundreds of regulatory changes
are made every year and are gazet-
ted but no media release appears,"
"I can only think of a couple
where media releases were issued
along with a regulatory change."
MEDIA MENTIONS SA Election Index 25 Feb -- 3 Mar 2010
With the campaign hitting its stride and the Leaders' debate much of the
focus, there was a significant increase in mentions for both the Premier
and the Opposition Leader this week, seeing them both amongst the Top
20 politicians mentioned across the nation.
Move Position Politician Press Radio TV Internet Total
TOP THREE ISSUES
Small SA sporting clubs are
facing a difficult choice: break
member as the liable person.
Every club, from the smallest
rural bowls organisation to
SANFL giants, is being asked to
appoint a "responsible officer" to
deal with occupational health and
This officer will take on personal
responsibility for the club and can
be criminally liable if something
However, if the club can t find
someone willing to take on the role,
the whole "body corporate" can
be prosecuted for not making an
"Our concern is that the legisla-
tion might be onerous on volunteers
and that maybe people won t put
their hands up for roles if they have
to comply," said Ben Scales, general
manager of Bowls SA.
Many clubs run solely by
volunteers previously believed they
didn t need a responsible officer, but
SafeWork SA recently clarified the
Any club which engages in a
business activity, such as renting
out grounds or operating a bar,
must make someone accountable.
"The public policy objective
behind such a step is to ensure
that responsibility for safety can
be attributed to a natural person,
rather than just to a legal entity,"
states the SafeWork SA website.
Clubs, particularly those in
rural areas run by volunteers, are
worried their members won t want
to make themselves vulnerable to
The cost of training is also an
issue for smaller associations.
"We believe everyone should
work toward having a safe place
to work -- that s a good thing. But
there s no reason it should have to
cost them hundreds of dollars,"
said the CEO of Sports SA, Jan
"There must be another way to
make workplaces and sports clubs
safer without charging hundreds of
Sports SA will be lobbying the
Government to cover the cost of
training for community clubs in the
run-up to the election, but there is no
prospect of amendments to protect
volunteers from criminal liability.
Many of the small sporting clubs
which keep rural communities alive
are staring down a conundrum:
sacrifice one volunteer or put the
whole club in jeopardy.
In jeopardy: small sports clubs face a conundrum.
Photo: James Knowler
for sport clubs
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