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Hindley traders should pay for public disorder
A radical new idea to control drunkenness
and crime in Hindley Street in Adelaide’s
CBD through the payment by traders of
the cost of social harm has been proposed
by Flinders University.
Willem de Lint, Professor in Criminal
Justice at Flinders Law School, maintains
that publicans and bar owners should pay
some of the cost of the social harm
caused by alcohol and partying at late
night venues in the city centre.
“Polluters are increasingly paying for harm
to the environment, so we could work out
a similar scheme and calculate a tax on
pub and club owners based on social
harm,” Professor de Lint said.
“There is considerable public discussion
around 24-hour trading, particularly in
Hindley Street and I think a full range of
options to improve public order and safety
should be considered,” he said.
The State Government recently backed off
a proposal to force pubs and clubs, except
for the Adelaide Casino, to close between
4am and 7am to help curb problem
drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence. This
followed protests from the owners of late
night venues who claimed the measures
didn’t go far enough and they were being
However, Professor de Lint argues that owners
should take responsibility for the public harm
caused by their trading practises, and instead
of off-loading the costs of law and order onto
the taxpayer through demands for increased
policing, they should contribute to the costs.
Flinders recently hosted a public forum to
discuss public order in Hindley Street with
invited guests including Mr Tony Tropeano
(President, Hindley Street Traders Association),
Mr Michael O’Connell (Commissioner for
Victims’ Rights SA), Mr Paul White (Deputy
Chief Executive, Attorney General’s
Department Commissioner, Office of Liquor
and Gambling), Mr Christopher Charles
(General Counsel, Aboriginal Legal Rights
Movement) and Mr George Mancini (SA
Council for Civil Liberties).
The Dean of Flinders Law School, Professor
David Bamford, said the Law School looked
forward to making an ongoing contribution to
a more informed discussion of matters of
“As the leading criminal justice group in the
South Australia universities, we are well
placed to assist the community’s
consideration of the best way of dealing
with the competing interests and difficult
challenges posed by extended alcohol
trading in Hindley Street,” Professor
Excessive drinking common in Hindley Street
A shared interest in producing family
entertainment has developed into a unique
collaboration between three recent Flinders
University graduates which has taken the
young film-makers to the world’s most
prestigious film festival at Cannes.
Megan Huitema from Golden Grove, Simon
Williams from Hahndorf and Brendon
Skinner from Magill met while studying for
their Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) and
finished their degrees only eighteen months
ago. At Flinders they began a collaboration
that has since evolved into a flourishing
Since they left university their growing
reputation as creative film and video makers
has resulted in a series of industry awards and
invitations to show their work at festivals in
Australia and around the world. Mixing with
the best and brightest at the Cannes Film
Festival, the emerging producers and
directors looked for potential investment
partners for their new film, Snowgum.
Head of Screen Production and Senior
Lecturer from the Department of Screen and
Media, Ms Alison Wotherspoon, said the
three discovered a common interest in
producing child friendly, family entertainment.
In their third year at University they made a short
film called See Saw Sweethearts about first love
set in a playground, and never looked back.
“Flinders gives young people a space to form
creative collaborations that endure,” Ms
Wotherspoon told Flinders Journal.
“Megan, Simon and Brendon saw a gap in the
market and as students they utilised every
opportunity to make an impact,” she said.
“Now they have gone out into the world as
creative industry partners and they have made
it to Cannes after graduating in 2010. It’s a
The young film-makers visited Cannes with
Norwood film company AMPCO Films,
founded by another Flinders University
graduate, the Emmy Award winner Mario
Brendon Skinner said having Mario as a
mentor has allowed them to get much more
out of the experience.
“The market’s so big and overwhelming , we’d
be like two year olds lost in a supermarket
without his guidance,” Mr Skinner said.
Putting Flinders in the picture at Cannes
L-R Simon Williams, Mario Andreacchio, Megan Huitema and Brendan Skinner
Fellowship a back to work boost for archaeologist
Flinders University’s commitment to boosting
research outcomes with ‘family-friendly’
financial initiatives has been highlighted by
the inaugural Flinders University Re-entry
Fellowship being awarded to archaeologist,
Dr Amy Roberts.
The award, together with the new Flinders
University Conference Travel and Visiting
International Research Fellowships, is
designed to create new research projects and
collaborations through a generous and
flexible funding scheme.
Dr Roberts, who returns in July from six
months parental leave, has been awarded
$40,000 to enable her to undertake a research
project with maritime archaeology colleagues
to find a boat built by a South Australian
Indigenous community in the early 1900s.
“Returning to work involves balancing home
life and work life, so being awarded this
Fellowship will help re-establish my research
career,” Dr Roberts said.
Dr Roberts said the award would fund
archaeological fieldwork, assist in
conducting interviews with Indigenous
community members, and archival research.
In congratulating Dr Roberts, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor David
Day encouraged all eligible academics to
apply for one of the three Fellowships.
“The Re-entry Fellowship is aimed at
encouraging researchers back to being
research-active after an extended period of
parental leave,” Professor Day said.
“In Dr Roberts’ case, the funding is being
used to support a specific research project,
but the suite of Fellowships can be used to
assist researchers with carer responsibilities
to present at national and international
conferences,” he said.
“On behalf of the Flinders research
community, I congratulate Dr Roberts and
welcome her back to work.”
Application forms for the Flinders
University Fellowships can be found at
Professor David Day
Foundation program opens study doors
The dream of going to university may
come true sooner for people for whom
further study seemed impossible
following the expansion of a special entry
scheme at Flinders University.
The University has added a mid-year entry
and greater accessibility through the
involvement of TAFESA’s City and
Noarlunga campuses to its Foundation
Dr Salah Kutieleh, Head of Flinders
Student Learning Centre, said the
Foundation Studies Program is designed
to develop the strategies and skills needed
for success at University.
“Many very capable people feel they are
denied access to University because they
may have left school early or feel they
have not developed the study techniques
they need. The Foundation Course can
make people see themselves differently
and previously unimaginable dreams
become distinct possibilities,” Dr Kutieleh
The new pathway means students can
complete their Foundation Studies this
year, in time to begin their university
degrees in semester one 2012.
The Flinders Foundation Studies Program
is a partnership between the University
and TAFESA Adelaide South Institute.
Students do not pay fees. Instead their
costs are picked up by the Commonwealth
Government and those who complete the
program are guaranteed entry to a range
of Flinders degrees.
Ms Rima Chahoud manages 40 mental
health support workers for MIFSA, the
Mental Illness Fellowship. She completed
the Foundation Studies Program in 2000
after family circumstances forced her to
leave school early. She went on to gain her
Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in
Psychology and Master of Social Work.
“The Foundation Course was absolutely
brilliant,” Ms Chahoud told Flinders Journal.
“It gave me the flexibility to juggle my
caring responsibilities and the
opportunity to try different subjects to
find out what I was interested in. Without
it I would never have gone to University
and gone this far in my career – it
changed my life,” she said.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
Professor, Andrew Parkin, said he was
delighted about the expansion of the
Flinders Foundation Studies Program in
partnership with TAFESA.
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