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The Independent Weekly
You ll remember the fuss
when Hartley voters
received an unsolicited
letter during the election
campaign, signed by the
"outgoing chairman" of
the Norwood Morialta high
school, Chris Ryan.
"Dear Friends," the letter
began, "I m really worried
about what will happen if
the Liberals win the state
election. When Joe Scalzi
and the Liberals were last
in power they closed 65
Scalzi was the seat s
Liberal candidate, and is a
life-long teacher and sup-
porter of public education.
But the letter, which
appeared to be coming from
a parent and school council
official concerned about his
school, was a Labor plant. It
was part of an ALP-funded
dirty tricks campaign.
Scalzi lost his bid for
parliament, and partly
blames the letter -- and
fake how-to-vote cards also
distributed by the ALP -- for
It turns out that Chris
Ryan is still listed on the
school s website as chair of
the Morialta Norwood school
"That means when the
letter was distributed
anybody who checked the
website would have thought
he was the chair, and
therefore with the status of
chair," Scalzi told Hear say
yesterday. "In fact after the
annual general meeting on
March 9 he was not even a
member of council."
The letter was put in
letterboxes on March 18
and 19, days before the poll,
leaving Scalzi with no time
to respond to the subterfuge
"More Whales Seen
Across the State!"
screamed the headline
from the SA whale
centre at Victor
Hear say immediately
phers to the Flinders
Ranges, Burra and
Lameroo for this world
Alas, the southern
right whales were
confined to the briny
blue off Granite Island,
Ceduna, and the Head of
We expect hyperbole
in media releases, but
offshore don t fit our
definition of "across the
Australian academic Dr Stephen
Hughes has found a 99-year-old
mistake in the Oxford English
Dictionary -- and is having it cor-
rected. The Queensland University
of Technology physics lecturer said
he had discovered last year that the
dictionary s definition of the word
"siphon" was incorrect.
A siphon is a tube used to empty
containers of liquid that are
otherwise difficult or impossible
to empty, such as fish tanks or
petrol tanks. Dr Hughes said the
Oxford Dictionary had since 1911
incorrectly stated that atmospheric
pressure was the operating force in
a siphon when in fact it was gravity.
"It is gravity that moves the fluid
in a siphon, with the water in the
longer downward arm pulling the
water up the shorter arm," he said.
The illustrious Oxford English
Dictionary s editors are moving to
have the definition corrected.
The dictionary s revision team is
now up to the letter R.
"I thought, 'oh good, just in time ,
because S is next," Dr Hughes said.
Dr Hughes discovered the error
after seeing the enormous siphon at
Barmera, in the Riverland, which
was transferring the equivalent
of 4000 Olympic swimming pools
from the River Murray system into
depleted Lake Bonney.
Greens MLC Mark Parnell wants an
apology. He moved in the Legislative
Council this week that "this Council
notes the decision of the Supreme
Court on 9 April 2010 in the matter
of White and Others against the
State of South Australia".
The case, reported in the
Independent Weekly last month,
concerned protesters and Channel
Seven cameraman Jamie Holland,
who were illegally arrested during
a demonstration at the Beverley
"It notes with alarm the
misguided intervention of two
government ministers in the case,
namely the Treasurer (Kevin Foley)
and the Minister for Police (Michael
Wright), and notes the remarks of
His Honour Justice Anderson that
the comments of the ministers were
unfounded, unreasonable, antago-
nistic, unjustified and offensive
and that His Honour increased the
award of damages to the plaintiffs
by $135,000 as a direct consequence
of the ministers behaviour."
Mr Foley had called the
cameraman and others "feral" and
Mr Parnell s motion called on
Foley and Wright to apologise to all
South Australians for the impact
their comments have had on the
finances of the State.
As far as we know, you haven t
received the ministers apology yet.
Catherine Margaret Branson QC
is an Adelaide University arts and
law graduate, a former Law School
lecturer, a successful barrister at
the Adelaide Bar and was SA Crown
Solicitor in the mid to late '80s.
She then packed her wig and
went off to become judge of the
Federal Court and president of
the Australian Human Rights
Now she s campaigning for
children s rights and wants a
federal commissioner to protect
people under 18.
"Australia lacks a body dedicated
to ensuring a comprehensive
approach to protecting children s
rights across Australia," Ms
"A national Commissioner for
Children and Young People would
provide advice on how to best
protect vulnerable children, such as
children and young people experi-
encing homelessness, indigenous
children and those in immigration
The government was busily
selling its budget and has not yet
A cross-party lunch with
MP3 and MP4
MP4: It ll soon be time for
the overseas trips.
MP3: Coincidentally I ve
just checked last year s
MP4: By the way, this is nice
MP3: That was the theme of
Bignell s trip.
MP4: Flogging wine in
MP3: Yeah, tough gig. But
his report is mainly about
MP4: Didn t Snelling go to
MP3: He inspected the
House of Lords. And French
MP4: The unelected Lords!
How relevant is that?
MP3: How relevant is
MP4: Didn t Marty go to
MP3: Yeah, lots of meetings.
And a wedding in a village.
MP4: Isn t that private
MP3: Says he learnt a lot
about Greek village life.
MP4: Good-oh. So he has
something to chat to Kouts
MP3: Kouts went to Greece
too. But he calls it the
MP4: All Greek to me. What
did he do there?
MP3: Hard to know. His
report was just one page.
MP4: Maybe he was
MP3: I don t think Athens
will be a top pick at the
MP4: Some explore Oz.
Didn t Chapman go to Alice
MP3: Yeah. She wants better
indigenous housing in the
MP4: What about in our
MP3: Good question. And
Such went to Melbourne.
MP3: Some. But he also
MP4: Whoopy-doo. Don t we
have experts to tell us that
MP3: Venning s report is a
MP4: Tanzania, Kenya?
MP3: Yeah, some
MP4: Any highlights?
MP3: In Africa he discov-
ered that over-65s in Jersey
get free ambulances.
MP4: At this rate we ll need
them for MPs here.
MP3: When the taxpayers
read about these trips.
MP4: Where you going
MP3: I thought Las Vegas.
Compare it with our casino.
MP4: Your report must
make it sound like hard
MP3: Of course. Free
overseas travel always is.
MP4: Bon voyage!
"It was bound to happen -- the
magnetic pull of Parliament House
has finally drawn me in," popular
ministerial adviser Jane Stinson
wrote to Adelaide s media corps on
Tuesday. "So next week I m departing
fabulous Adelaide and heading to
chilly Canberra to work for the very
newsworthy Minister for Home Affairs
The former ABC Stateline reporter
and ex-media flak to Michael
Atkinson when he was Attorney-
General and to Tom Koutsantonis
during his tenure as road safety min-
ister, Ms Stinson was until this week
press secretary to the federal member
for Adelaide and Rudd Government
minister Kate Ellis. Now she s heading
to the national capital.
"But before that there are drinks
to be had, so if you d like to wish me
well, or just make sure I ve left the
state, please join me after work this
Friday at the Union Hotel," she invited
It should be a fun if not altogether
Saving private Ryan Polly
It's human, right?
Time to say sorry
So long, it's been
good to know you
Adelaide journos at a colleague s send-off last time.
rights for kids.
Pipes feeding Lake Bonney which rede-
fined the siphon.
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