Home' InDaily : August 13th 2010 Contents We invite you to a free author event with
Wednesday 25 August 2010 at 6.00 for
Venue: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr
Smith Library, University of Adelaide
Renowned author, Helen Garner, will speak
about her book The Spare Room, a story of
compassion, humour and rage, and her first
novel in fifteen years.
Garner's novel has been awarded the Victorian
and the Queensland Premiers' Awards for
Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award.
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August 13 - 19, 2010
The Independent Weekly hear'say
Greens MP Mark Parnell is
angered by evidence from
Primary Industries and
Resources SA aquaculture boss
Professor Mehdi Doroudi to a
It was investigating the
storm which recently destroyed
an abalone aquaculture farm
near Waldegrave Island
Conservation Park off Eyre
Peninsula. The storm ripped
apart 32 aquaculture rings,
dumping debris and netting
into the sea, and washing it
along the coast.
The abalone farm, owned
by Australian Bight Abalone,
is 1km from one of the state s
largest breeding colonies
of sea lions. Environment
Department CEO Allan Holmes
says 10 to 20 sea lions would
Committee member Carmel
Zollo invoked the deity.
"Professor Doroudi," she reas-
sured him, "What we have seen
is an act of God, which has been
well-managed with goodwill on
everyone s part."
"Yes, exactly," Professor
Doroudi very readily agreed.
"There was an act of God five
years ago --- exactly the same
farm, exactly the same location,
exactly the same result,"
There s a strange
outside Hawker, in the
From a shed on this
outback sheep station,
Mike Sharples builds
more planes than
anyone in Australia.
"I was building kit
aircraft designed by
Jabiru in Queensland.
I ve built 17 in 10
years," he said.
But Mike had his own plans
for a new type of plane. He saw
the need for a light-weight,
robust, comparatively cheap
plane which could land on dirt
airstrips without stones dam-
aging the propeller -- which
meant an engine mounted
high, above the fuselage. He
wanted something with suffi-
cient cargo-carrying capacity,
something Third World
countries -- where runways
are notoriously short -- could
use instead of hideously
expensive helicopters as an
air ambulance. And thus was
born the Avocet.
"We re probably three
months away from finishing it
off," Mike said. "I ve shown it
to other designers and makers.
It s hailed as 15 to 20 years
ahead of anything
that s out there now."
The Avocet will sell
for around $100,000.
It will land on
water as well as land.
It will be capable
of carrying a small
camping gear, and fly
more than 1600km on
a full tank.
There s a lot of
testing and certifica-
tion to be done before the
Avocet s official unveiling
at the famous NSW Temora
recreation aviation fly-in next
Easter, but Mike is confident
South Australia is on the way
to having its own aircraft
industry catering to a national
and international market.
All born from an imagina-
tive and creative mind in the
rugged Flinders Ranges.
(For once, MP3 is dining alone)*
MP3: Hey, what is this?
Hooded figure 1: No need to be afraid.
MP3: I am trying to have a nice, quiet,
taxpayer-funded meal and a bottle of red in our
taxpayer-funded dining room.
Hooded figure 2: We re here for a little ritual. It s
called a reality check. A reminder.
MP3: I shall call security.
Hooded figure 3: We are your security.
MP3: Okay, joke s over. I ll order another bottle if
that s what you want.
Hooded figure 4: No, we don t want any blood spilt,
MP3: Ah, I get it. It must be a late winter solstice
Hooded figure 1: No, but it is the time of year when
things get weird in our party.
Hooded figure 2: Now you re on the right track.
MP3: What did I say?
Hooded figure 3: Nothing Wong (laughs hysterically).
MP3: I said right.
Hooded figure 4: We thought you said Right. In fact,
we are sure you said Right.
MP3: That s right. I didn t say Left if that s what you
Hooded figure 1: And you definitely didn t say
MP3: Well, he s got every right.
Hooded figure 2: Ah, you said Right again. You re
getting the message.
MP3: ... to run for Premier
Hooded figure 3: Wong! I mean Wrong! (laughs
(Distant footsteps. Hooded figures disappear).
MP4: Hi, there you are! What s up? You look as if
you ve seen a ghost.
MP3: Oh, ah. They ve gone! Thank God.
MP4: Who are you talking about? And don t eat on
your lonesome. My God, you ve gone through a whole
MP3: I must have been dreaming.
MP4: Sounds more like a nightmare.
MP3: Yes. Hooded figures. Warning me. I recognised
MP4: You have got the heebie jeebies. Who were they?
MP3: Oh, just Foley, Koutsantonis, Rau and Snelling
warning me not to vote for Weatherill.
*(MP3 and MP4, though fictional, do keep an eye on the
Jesus asked: "What does it profit a
man if he gains the whole world,
but loses his soul?" Former Labor
senator Chris Schacht and
prominent Adelaide barrister
Alex Ward could have been trying
to answer this question when they
were interviewed by Natasha
Stott Despoja on ABC radio.
"I ve met people in Ireland,
England, India and Malaysia,"
Ward said. "When they found out
I was from Adelaide, they all said:
Fantastic! You live in the place
where the Adelaide Oval is. It is
absolutely known as being this
But Ward doesn t like what s
happening now. "It s just
absolutely dreadful. It s been
pulled down and turned into the
same sort of rubbish stadium as
you see anywhere in the world.
It s vandalism. You had this thing
which was well-known and it was
comfortable -- it had everything
you needed in a stadium and now
it s just been destroyed. That s a
Immediately, Chris Schacht
called in to respond. "The oval is
in decline," he said. "It s all very
well to say it s the most beautiful
oval, from those who never go
there. The place is going downhill
and is going broke unless you get
an upgraded oval that can have
multi-use. If the Indian people
think it s really fantastic, well
some of the millions of dollars
they make in cricket in India,
perhaps they should donate it to
SACA to keep an oval in place."
"You can t use the economic
debate on an icon," replied Ward.
"You might as well say bulldoze
the West Terrace Cemetery
because it s not making any
money, or pull down the Anglican
Cathedral and put a restaurant on
it like McDonald s."
Schacht said nothing more
about the Anglican Cathedral, but
perhaps he was playing devil s
There s a rear treat in store
for art and anatomy lovers
visiting the heritage town of
Burra this month.
Bottoms in Burra is an
exhibition of paintings and
illustrations by Deborah
Baldassi "celebrating the
beauty and humour of the
Baldassi, partner of
former Democrats MLC
David Winderlich, relishes
incorporating wit in her work.
Last year she created a series
of amusing illustrations
of politicians -- including
then state deputy Liberal
leader Vickie Chapman -- to
accompany limericks written
by Winderlich for a South
Australian Living Artists
Bottoms is part of this
year s SALA event, with the
proud posteriors on show at
Burra Burra House until next
discontent Wings over
In God we trust
Bum stare: Baldassi s Still Life.
Oval upgrade: An act of vandalism?
Photo: Kate Elmes
Abalone cages on the West Waldegrave Island Conser vation Park.
Photo: John Haagmans
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