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June 25 - July 1, 2010
The Independent Weekly is a South Australian owned and operated newspaper, taking an independent view of local news, issues, business, sport and culture for all South Australians.
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Publication Date: June 25, 2010. Recommended and maximum price only.
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Seafood lovers may think there s
no such thing as too many oysters,
but feral populations of the
bivalve can threaten local farms,
biodiversity and South Australian
A recent operation at Coffin
Bay saw more than 100,000 wild
oysters destroyed by government
staff and oyster growers wielding
sharp geological hammers.
A feral oyster problem has also
been reported around Ceduna, the
Department of Primary Industry
and Resources SA (PIRSA) said.
The Pacific or Japanese oyster
is an Asian native which has been
introduced for farming in New
Zealand, America and Australia.
It competes with the native Port
Lincoln oyster, which was once
common but is now scarce.
Vic Neverauskas, manager
of aquatic pests in PIRSA s
biosecurity division, said it took a
long time for wild oyster numbers
to build up, but once they did they
posed a significant problem.
He said oysters had "gone ber-
serk" along NSW s Hawkesbury
River and parts of Tasmania.
"They have colonised the sand
and are cross-breeding. There are
beaches in and around Hobart
which can t be used for swimming
any more because there are so
many oysters -- they are as sharp
as razor blades."
Wild oysters threaten farmed
oysters because they eat the same
food, and can affect biodiversity
if their numbers become so great
that they overtake reefs, seagrass
Jill Coates, Coffin Bay s repre-
sentative on the Oyster Growers
Association executive, said the
wild oyster removal program was
the first in the 22 years she has
been farming oysters at the bay.
"It was a fantastic project
because it was one of those
examples where government
and industry worked together
very successfully. The oyster
industry has become a mainstay
of some regional centres in South
Mr Neverauskas said the wild
oysters around Coffin Bay were
"escapees" from oyster farms
in the area. Their increasing
numbers were probably a result
of the growing industry, with
about 50 to 60 million oysters in
the bay during spawning time.
The "hit and miss" nature of
their breeding habits mean it is
likely to be another five years
before another removal operation
"The females and males have to
be side by side. There s all these
eggs and sperm floating around
and they have to meet fortuitously
in the water," Mr Neverauskas
said. "It s a very random event."
PIRSA's Heidi Alleway and Michael Sierp destroy wild oysters.
Embattled Deputy Premier Kevin
Foley is facing new claims he has
breached the Ministerial Code of
The claim, made by the Opposition s
Joint Party Secretary John Dawkins,
comes during a horror week for the
Treasurer in which he was forced to
apologise for misleading parliament
"In answering the questions put to
his ministerial statements of 25 and
27 May, the house has been misled,"
speaker Lyn Breuer ruled.
"The house is entitled to have an
expectation that as an experienced
minister he should know better."
The fresh allegations will require
further explanation by the Treasurer
and the Premier, Mr Dawkins said.
The Ministerial Code of Conduct
is explicit. "In the discharge of his or
her public duties, a minister shall not
dishonestly or wantonly and recklessly
attack the reputation of any other
person," it states.
Mr Foley is on record as having
described respected Channel Seven
cameraman Jamie Holland and others
as "a bunch of feral protestors who
put the safety of our police officers in
Mr Holland was covering a dem-
onstration at the Beverley uranium
mine when he was arrested for alleged
trespass. He joined the demonstrators
in suing the government and was
awarded a huge extra compensation
payment because of Mr Foley s
Mr Foley s remarks, together with
those of Police Minister Michael
Wright, were scathingly criticised by
Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson.
"My findings indicate that the
comments made by Mr Foley were both
unreasonable and antagonistic when
made in the circumstances of aborting
the planned mediation. These state-
ments are relevant to the assessment
of exemplary damages.
"The comments are one-sided and
do not acknowledge the extreme way
in which the police dealt with protest-
ers and the circumstances of their
detention," Justice Anderson found
after a 42-day trial.
"It is my view that both ministers, in
making these statements, have acted
with a high-handed and contumelious
disregard of the plaintiffs as citizens
of the state with a right to protest, and
with the right to be treated according to
law if they did protest. As I have found,
they were not treated according to law."
For damages, aggravated damages,
exemplary damages and interest on
damages, Justice Anderson awarded
the plaintiffs a combined total of
$724,000. Legal costs in the case could
exceed $4 million. Mr Holland and the
others were awarded $15,000 each as
compensation for Mr Foley and Mr
Wright s remarks.
"His Honour has said the Treasurer
could not have honestly believed what
he was saying because of the existence
of the Police Complaints Authority
report, and His Honour took the
unusual step of awarding exemplary
damages -- damages which are awarded
to punish the defendant for conscious
wrong-doing in contumelious disregard
of another s rights," Mr Dawkins said.
"Breaching the Ministerial
Conduct Code alone is enough to sack
a Minister. When it is compounded
by misleading the public and the
parliament in relation to the Adelaide
oval blowout, Mr Rann should do
the honourable thing and sack the
■ Government paranoia: page 7.
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Wednesday 14 July 2010
Bradley Forum, UniSA City West campus,
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5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
Registration is essential at
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Jointly presented by the Centre for Work & Life; SafeWork SA Work Life Balance Strategy
and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.
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