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The Independent Weekly
Two weeks ago Premier Mike Rann
promised no more taxpayer-funded
This week the Government
posted out its latest "Office of Water
Security" information, a glossy eight
pages of full colour.
Who should be on the cover, with
pix, but the Minister for the River
Murray, Paul Caica?
In 2001, then opposition leader Mike
Rann said: "When you see a politician
in an ad then you know, basically, it s
But when he got to power, Rann
and his ministers appeared in many
advertisements disguised as govern-
ment announcements. In August
last year, with elections coming up
and the Government under fire for
using public monies for political
gain, Premier Mike Rann promised a
"blanket ban" on the practice.
The blanket ban is doona badly.
The Australian Medical Association has weighed in on the
new Rudd health-care proposals.
The allergists voted to scratch it, but dermatologists
advised not to make any rash moves. Gastroenterologists
had sort of a gut feeling about it, but neurologists thought
the administration had a lot of nerve.
Obstetricians felt they were all labouring under a
misconception, ophthalmologists considered the idea
short-sighted, pathologists yelled "Over my dead body!"
and paediatricians said "Oh, Grow up!"
Radiologists could see right through it and surgeons
decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
Podiatrists thought it was a step forward and cardiologists
didn t have the heart to say no.
In the end, the proctologists won out.
After the North Adelaide-
led opposition to Port
Adelaide s merger
with the Power eventually
squashed the proposal, the
recent encounter between the
two rivals was always going to
be a fiery affair.
The SANFL employed extra
security for the April 11 game,
but apparently that was to
deal with the large crowd
broadcast throughout the
day declaring Alberton Oval
a "family-friendly" venue
screamed irony, with the
language in the crowd turning
from dirty to unacceptable as
the match progressed and the
There was only one on-field
report -- Port Adelaide s
Jeremy Clayton was
suspended for one match
for striking -- but had the
supporters been officiated
there would have been many
As it was, an incident
involving supporters from
both sides was reported to the
A group of Port and North
supporters had been niggling
at each other all afternoon
and, after some spilt beer,
their tempers boiled over as
a man was grabbed by the
throat and pushed into inno-
cent bystanders. According
to the SANFL, "the situation
diffused quickly and security
didn t need to intervene".
Supporters yelling at the
few security guards to medi-
ate the scuffle would have felt
differently. One guard was,
however, complimented on his
ability to keep youngsters off
the centre square at half-time.
A spokesperson for the Port
Adelaide Magpies Football
Club said it had booked
extra security (on top of the
security organised by the
SANFL) for the match, but
that a few personnel "didn t
Neither the league nor the
clubs can ensure behaviour
at a football match will be
Football is a passionate
game and passionate support-
ers are vital -- especially at a
However, there is a line that
needn t be crossed.
Most people would agree
that dropping "C-Bombs" in
public crosses that line.
An occasional cross-party coffee break with MP3
MP3: Thanks for the coffee.
MP4: My pleasure.
MP3: No, thank you again.
MP4: Once is enough, mate.
MP3: But we should all be grateful.
MP4: How so?
MP3: Leaders keep saying so.
MP4: Tell me more.
MP3: Water everywhere.
MP4: And we thank the weather?
MP3: No, the Government.
MP4: So punters should be grateful?
MP3: That s the message the leaders want out
MP4: Yeah, grateful until the bills go up!
MP3: We ll have a desal plant.
MP4: Paid for by taxpayers. That s why the bills are
MP3: And more mining.
MP4: Which taxpayers are helping fund.
MP3: And the stadium.
MP4: Which taxpayers will pay $500 million for!
MP3: You re missing the point.
MP4: The point being?
MP3: It s important to change people s mindset.
MP4: They re not stupid.
MP3: Surely punters will be grateful for a new
MP4: Why? It s their health and their money.
MP3: I suppose you re right.
MP4: Governments often think people were saying
thank you by voting them back in.
MP3: Thank you for pointing that out.
MP4: However, I do feel sort of grateful.
MP3: You do?
MP4: Yeah, members allowances, travel, overseas
MP3: Perks from a time when MPs thought they
should tell punters about the world.
MP4: Now the punters pay for our holidays.
MP3: Maybe we should thank the punters.
MP4: Maybe we keep quiet.
MP3: Good coffee.
MP4: A meal next time? Seeing the punters are
MP3: Thank God no one has a conscience around
MP4: Thanks a lot.
*(Not based on a true story)
Australia has its redback spiders,
crocs, stonefish and red-bellied
But spare a thought what the
residents of Fort Steele, near
Cranbrook in Canada, have to do
to avoid disaster in the wilder-
It s not often the opening of an electri-
cal appliance shop creates a crowd, but
the Miele Gallery on Tuesday night
was quite an affair.
Miele kitchen and laundry goods
aren t cheap (there was a Maserati V8
coupe and a luscious Jaguar XK in the
visitors car park). Even the vacuum
cleaners cost around $600. But the
appliances themselves weren t the
stars of the show. The gallery space,
built at a cost of $5 million, has its own
curator, and works by SA-born Jan
Irvine-Neale, Peter Coad and the
Narrunga painter Irene O Loughlin
are on display.
But man cannot live on art alone, so
Miele ambassador Shannon Bennett,
from Melbourne s renowned Vue de
Monde restaurant, created a special
menu with each dish designed to
be produced from a specific Miele
Lobethal s Bierhaus provided
boutique beers and stout, and Primo
Estate s new vintage olive oil was
there for the tasting.
There s a winery in SA s Anglo-
orientated south-east at Penola
called Raidis Estate, run by migrant
Chris Raidis and his son Steve.
Chris does the cooking at the
estate s restaurant. "It s Greek," he
says. "Charcoal grill. Every Greek
knows how to do a charcoal grill."
Meanwhile, Steve has a mate
called Jamie McDonald with Scots
ancestry. Jamie is a professional
editorial photographer born and
raised in Penola, who s shot news
and sport for agencies and media
outlets in Australia and overseas.
Jamie is having an exhibition
of photographs at the cellar door
next month featuring the remote
north-western Chinese province
of Xinjiang, home to the Silk Road,
the ferocious Taklimakan Desert,
K2 and the Karakoram Mountains,
and it shares disputed borders
with Russia, Pakistan, India,
Afghanistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan,
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
We tried to ask Jamie why a Scot
would take photos in China for an
exhibition serving fassoulada and
mezze in Penola. But we couldn t get
through. At this very moment, he s
Biff is back
An atlas of ideas
Specialists and the health agreement
The cover of the new Water for Good
The eight Premiers and chief ministers (Mike Rann
second from the right) inspect the health system.
in action against
Photo courtesy SANFL
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