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THREE key business leaders have called for
amalgamation of local councils, privatisation
of most planning approval processes and a
general cut in public-sector numbers.
Delfin Lend Lease development manager
Kelvin Trimper, Hickenbotham Group’s
Michael Hickinbothan and BankSA boss
Jane Kittel agreed with the proposition
at yesterday’s 2011 Housing and Property
“There are local governments that are too
small to effectively and efficiently deliver
services to the communities,” Mr Trimper said.
“So therefore, they need to become bigger to
be more efficient.”
Trimper and Hickinbotham had honed in
on South Australia’s high taxes and slow
planning approval processes as major cost
burdens for housing during their separate
addresses to the review, sponsored by the
Committee for Economic Development
Australia (CEDA) at the Intercontinental
Hotel. Read more
Workplace bargaining code
THE damaging Qantas dispute has
prompted the Gillard government to
undertake a review of the nation’s
workplace bargaining rules and the
powers of Fair Work Australia, according
to a report today in The Australian.
Accusing Qantas of having pursued a
“nuclear option”, Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans
said he had decided that the government’s imminent review
of the Fair Work Act would examine whether the legislation
should include a new bargaining code for employers, unions and
workers. Read more in The Australian.
SA workers underpaid
SA wineries and vineyards are among the business targeted in a
Fair Work campaign that has recouped $195,850 for underpaid
workers in the state.
A total of 1123 businesses in SA had their records checked by the
office of the Fair Work Ombudsman during five regional campaigns.
These were focused on areas including the Pooraka produce market,
Royal Adelaide Show, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley wineries and
vineyards, and newly registered businesses.
Nationally, the Fair Work Ombudsman randomly audited 6779
businesses and recovered a total of $4.7 million for 7613 employees.
Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson said a lack of
information and employer mistakes could be... Read more
Close encounter of
the Asteroid kind
AN asteroid four times the
length of a football field will
pass closer to Earth than the
moon when it hurtles through
our solar system tomorrow
morning. The asteroid is the
first object of its size to come
so close to the Earth, flying
within 320,000km of our
planet, in more than 30 years.
Read the article on www.
Jackson’s doctor guilty
MICHAEL Jackson’s doctor has been convicted
of involuntary manslaughter after a trial
that painted him as a reckless caregiver who
administered a lethal dose of a powerful
anaesthetic that killed the pop star.
The verdict against Dr Conrad Murray today
marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture’s
most shocking tragedies - the death of the King
of Pop on the eve of the singer’s... Read more
Libs to back Olympic Dam Bill
THE SA Liberals’ unanimous vote to support
legislation for the expansion of the Olympic
Dam mine means it is almost certain to pass
State Parliament later this year.
Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said
yesterday the “overwhelming best interest”
for the state was for the BHP Billiton project
to go ahead.
“Although the Liberal Opposition considers
that it may have negotiated a... Read more
Time to axe small
councils: business leaders
Michael Hickenbotham: ‘A pergola requiring full
council approval? That defies all credibility’.
PREMIER Jay Weatherill
will outline his economic
plan for South Australia at
an independent economic
forum next Tuesday.
The speech will be the
focus of the Committee for
Australia’s State Council
(CEDA) forum at the
“We are honoured that the
Premier has decided to use
this forum to deliver one
of his key direction...
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