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3The Independent Weekly
March 12 - 18, 2010
Apublic relations firm which
lobbies for more than 30
companies, such as AGL,
Motorola, Oracle, Windesal and
Serco Australia, is now actively
working on the campaign to re-elect
the Rann Government.
Many of the companies lobbyist
Hawker Britton represents have a
direct financial interest in which
party becomes the government on
AGL is the state s dominant
electricity retailer. Motorola won the
Government contract to supply and
install a Government radio network
used by emergency services. Serco
ran Adelaide bus services and Great
Southern Railway when it was
engaged in bitter disputes against
unions over individual workplace
Some companies represented by
Hawker Britton have millions of
dollars at stake in their dealings
with the Government.
Hawker Britton managing direc-
tor Bruce Hawker is now working to
keep Labor in power.
The Independent Weekly has
been told Hawker discussed
making Premier Mike Rann s wife,
Sasha Carruozzo, available to The
Advertiser so she could publicly sup-
port her husband over the Michelle
Last Friday, The Independent
Weekly published a front-page photo
and story about Rick Phillips under
the headline "My wife and Rann".
Labor responded the next day
with an enormously high-risk
strategy. The Advertiser newspaper
was offered an exclusive interview
with Rann s wife. "Wife stands by
her Rann", ran The Advertiser s
headline on Saturday.
"Leaping to the defence of her
partner two weeks before his
political fate is decided at the state
election, Ms Carruozzo yesterday
rejected allegations he had a sexual
relationship with the former
Parliament House barmaid," wrote
The interview was conducted not
at her home, not even in a neutral
location, but in Rann s Ministerial
suite high in the Government s State
Mr Rann s chief media adviser,
Jill Bottrall, was present throughout
But the plan backfired. Instead of
sympathy, there was indignation and
anger, and there was a view Labor
had bungled again. The Advertiser s
own website and other media were
swamped by outraged readers
protests that a publicly employed
official, the Premier s media
secretary, was now spinning for the
Premier s wife.
"Mike, can I please use your office
for an interview next week? Or is it
only family that get to use taxpayers
offices?" wrote one respondent.
"Bruce Hawker has an office based
in Adelaide," Rann media adviser
Lachlan Parker told The Independent
Weekly. "Mr Hawker s company has
been contracted by the ALP for work
on this campaign."
He said any further questions
should be directed to the organisa-
tional wing of the party, and ALP
secretary Michael Brown did not
respond to The Independent Weekly s
An Independent Weekly investiga-
tion has discovered Serco was part
of a consortium given a $3-million-
plus ex-gratia payment by Treasurer
The Treasurer acknowledges he
did not necessarily have to pay the
The consortium had tendered for
a new jail, but the Government later
scrapped plans for the prison.
The Independent Weekly has also
learnt Mr Foley received Treasury
advice which said that even if Mr
Foley wanted to compensate the
consortium, he did not have to give
as much as he did.
Quasar Resources, another
company represented by Hawker
Britton, is an exploration firm based
in Adelaide. Its affiliated company,
Heathgate Resources, is the owner
and operator of the Beverley
Uranium Mine in the Flinders
Hawker Britton s Adelaide office
is headed by Stephen Halliday, Mr
Rann s former chief of staff.
The arrangement whereby
Hawker Britton represents commer-
cial clients who have dealings with
government, while simultaneously
working to elect the government, is
not illegal in South Australia.
Lobbying for Labor : Bruce Hawker.
Dual role as lobbyist
lobs for Labor Govt
A heritage-listed villa has been
demolished in North Adelaide and
is now a pile of rubble at 203 Gover
Street. Three 21st-century dwellings
will be built on the site.
Local heritage listing usually
affords buildings protection from
demolition and major renova-
tions, but a loophole allowed this
bluestone villa to slip through the
Neighbour Leonie Ebert is
"I ve lived here for 33 years and
have seen so many houses across
North Adelaide reduced to dust,"
"We have very few areas which
are heritage-type areas and we
should be looking after them and
keeping them for the future."
The villa has had heritage status
since 2006. It was nominated for the
list in 2005, and during the consulta-
tion and assessment process an
application for demolition was
Normally, interim protection
is afforded to any building being
considered for heritage listing. If
this had been applied the demoli-
tion application would have been
blocked. Inexplicably, interim
measures were not used in the
2005-06 round of listings.
As a result this piece of history
was knocked to the ground five
The architect working on the
development, Jagan Singaram, said
the development was legal and in
character with the rest of the street.
"It wasn t heritage-listed when
it was bought and approved for
development," he said.
"The heritage listing wasn t
confirmed until long after. "We are
using the bluestone that s come
from the demolition site as part of
the new fencing and we re retaining
the original wrought-iron fence
as well as using galvanised iron
Adelaide City Councillor and
director of Alexander Wilkinson
Designs, Sandy Wilkinson, said this
reflected on Adelaide City Council s
attempt to have 180 CBD properties
"The Minister (for Planning, Paul
Holloway) has agreed to interim
controls on less than half the 180
buildings we ve put up for listing,"
"The rest of the properties which
were earmarked for listing can have
an application to be demolished
made which will then take prec-
edent over any subsequent listing."
So the historic dust settling on the
site at North Adelaide could be an
ominous warning of many heritage
demolitions to come.
History to dust in North Adelaide
History falls: the demolition of the heritage-listed Gover Street property.
Photo: Sandy Wilkinson
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