Home' InDaily : March 19th 2010 Contents www.independentweekly.com.au
The Independent Weekly
March 19 - 25, 2010 hear'say
You might remember Sabi, the
Special Forces labrador dog
serving with Australian Special
Forces in Afghanistan. Sabi went
"missing in action", according to the
Defence Department, for 14 months.
It clearly hasn t been regarded as
"desertion". Nope, Sabi is back on
base, lapping up the attention.
"I think the rediscovery of Sabi
has been a great shot in the arm for
morale," said army chaplain Tarin
Kowt, using a metaphor that isn t
completely appropriate in a combat
But Hear say is not convinced
everything is as the army says it
is. Fourteen months behind enemy
lines! Who knows how much any
pooch can take before it s completely
indoctrinated? Can it now be spying
for the Taliban?
The only answer we can give
is this, a direct quote from army
public relations: "She enjoys being
allowed to sit on the couch in the
psychologist s office."
Seriously, that s what they said.
Karaoke for election eve with Botters
and Lachy (who for the last time deny
they are anything more than flirty friends
with Jill Bottrall and Lachlan Parker,
the Premier's relentless spin doctors).*
B: And now the end is near
L: And so we face the final curtain
B: We've spent some billions, have no
L: To make the case of which we're
B: Our hospital will be so full
L: We'll double the expressway
B: But more, much more than this
L: We've done it Mike's way
B: New policies we've had a few
L: But then again too few to mention
L: And bashed the hacks without
B: We planned each politician's course
L: And never gave them any leeway
B: But more, much more than this
L: We did it Mike's way
B: Yes there were times
L: There were a few!
B: We bit off heads and had a blue
L: And then again if still in doubt
B: We chewed them up and spat them
L: We faced them all
B: Put in the call
L: And did it Mike's way
B: For what is a Rann
L: What is his lot?
B: In public life he just cannot
L: Say all the things he really feels
B: The record shows
L: He took the blows
B: But more, much more than that
L: He told it his way
B: And now as voters do decide
L: They think Michelle is just annoying
B: And Libs are easy to deride
L: For polices without a costing
B: We're so damn proud
L: We fought them all and not at all
B: In any shy way
B: We did it Mike's way!
* (With apologies to those who like
Frank Sinatra. Not based on a real story.
Past columns can be found at www.
Is it true musicians who performed
at The Parade food, wine and music
festival did so for no pay, even
though promoter Don Moir booked
all the acts on the Edward Street
Yes, says Mr Moir, but the bands
used it as a promotional event and
were happy to play for nothing -- and
Moir did not get paid for his work.
The event brought a claimed
$8.6 million into the local economy.
Musicians have been paid to
perform in previous years, and some
musos were paid this time, too.
The Flinders University migrant
and refugee research cluster and
the Don Dunstan Foundation are
congratulating themselves for their
Adelaide premiere this week of
Never Forget, a short film about the
experiences of a Sudanese student
The film was made by Flinders
student Yasmine Ernst as her
Honours project and stars Stephen
Tongan, a Sudanese/Kenyan
young man doing fourth-year law/
commerce at Flinders University.
The movie aims to break down
stereotypes about Sudanese gangs,
and highlight the potential and
value of refugees.
After the screening, community
spokesperson Khadija Gbla,
Yasmine and Stephen spoke about
their refugee experiences, in a
session chaired by the Department
of the Premier and Cabinet s
deputy chief executive of cultural
development, Greg Mackie.
Police working with the African
community were also there.
You get what you pay for
You might be too busy door-knocking
tonight for your favourite candidate,
but in case you like none of them,
there s a talk at The Royal Society
rooms near the museum s Science
Dr Ian Godfrey, head of materials
conservation at the WA Museum s
shipwreck galleries, will tell you -- for
a gold coin donation -- about the
rediscovery of the famous REP
Vickers air-tractor at Mawson s Hut in
And as a shipwrecking expert
(well, an expert on shipwrecks), he
investigated using the naturally dry
environment around Davis Station to
freeze-dry archaeological timbers.
Mawson s Hut is remarkably well
preserved -- and you re not allowed
to pull planks off the walls to warm
yourself by the fireplace any more.
Sabi, the suspect.
Documents released under
Freedom of Information reveal
Premier Mike Rann and
Treasurer Kevin Foley agreed
in the weeks leading up to the
election to a $24,000 pay rise to
a ministerial staffer in Foley s
Documents reveal that Daniel
Romeo, a 28-year-old adviser to
Mr Foley, was given a $24,035 pay
rise -- or an increase of 26.4 per
cent -- in January, back-paid to
October last year.
He now gets $115,000 a year.
"Teachers, nurses and public
servants who fought for years for
much more modest pay increases
will be outraged," grumbled
Liberal Rob Lucas.
"It means if Mr Romeo loses
his job after the election he will
get 16 weeks severance pay at the
much higher salary of $115,000."
Musicians: without them it would be just
a food and wine festival with a sour note.
Hut is where the heat hangs Park and no ride-on mowers
Fifty candles topped the
celebratory cake marking
Antonio Lepore s 50 years
service at the Adelaide City
Council. Lord Mayor Michael
Harbison and Adelaide City
Council CEO Peter Smith joined
Tony s workmates, family and
friends at the Adelaide Town
Tony started work with the
council when he was just 16 and
spent the first day of his working
life cleaning out the Rymill Park
creek. "Back then, all work was
done by hand with only simple
tools," he said.
In the 1960s, Tony moved to
Victoria Square, where he stayed
for more than 30 years tending
"I looked after 16 annual
flower beds in Victoria Square. I
remember we had to dig them out
twice a year -- all by hand.
"I remember my supervisor
would pick up my timesheet on
a push bike and my pay packet
would be dropped off and was
paid in cash."
Australian expeditioners helped restore
Mawson's Hut in the 1990s.
Gardening suits Antonio: civic
Links Archive March 18th 2010 March 22nd 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page