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Visionary John Bannon modernised Labor and South Australia

Posted December 14, 2015 14:52:59

John Bannon is being remembered for many factors such as being South Australia’s longest serving Labor leader, but it is the collapse of the State Bank that casts the longest shadow over his time in politics.

The collapse nearly bankrupt the state, costing billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Reflecting on Dr Bannon’s career, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill described his predecessor’s life as full of paradoxes.

“He was normally recognized, when he was treasurer of South Australia, as getting a single of the most conservative treasurers with the finances of the state, to the point where some of his colleagues would become fairly frustrated with the care he would take over the dollars and the cents,” Mr Weatherill stated.

“For him to be brought down by a economic crisis, with events that numerous would argue have been beyond his handle, appears to be cruel.

“He just took it on the chin. It was just a measure of his strength of character,” Mr Weatherill said.

Dr Bannon died on Sunday soon after a lengthy illness — an additional paradox provided his love of sport and high level of private fitness.

“All of these items about which you could simply complain, you in no way heard a word of complaint from John,” Mr Weatherill stated.

An additional paradox was that as a Labor man, he was schooled in the establishment obtaining gone to the elite boy’s school St Peter’s College (where his father was an art teacher) and then onto Adelaide University where he studied law and arts.

He is credited with modernising the Labor Party but, unlike his flamboyant predecessor Don Dunstan, Dr Bannon was a quiet and conservative man.

Yes the concern of the State Bank was that final chapter but if we look at his contribution more than his 10 years as Premier … it was significant.

Former Liberal leader Dean Brown

Each men have libraries of their function at Flinders University. A single consists of, amid the treasures, a piano, safari suits and pink shorts — the other is all books and speeches.

There have been massive ideas although, such as the multi-function polis, touted as a city of the future but which never eventuated.

Dr Bannon brought Formula A single motor racing to the streets of Adelaide, opened the state’s first casino, constructed the Entertainment Centre and O’Bahn public transport method, authorized the Olympic Dam Uranium Mine and even stood awkwardly subsequent to pop sensation Boy George in front of masses of fans in Rundle Mall.

But when the State Bank began to bleed billions of dollars in undesirable bargains, the buck stopped with the premier and he resigned in 1992.

Turn out to be a scholar and contributed to arts, sport

Lynn Arnold, who took more than as premier, praised his buddy for establishing submarine creating in South Australia.

“We neglect just what Australians believed in the early 80s about Australians building massive defence investments, we did not believe it was attainable,” he said.

“It took John Bannon and Jim Duncan [a public servant], who reported to John Bannon in the bureaucracy to take on that fight, first of all inside our own neighborhood … and then in Canberra,” Mr Arnold mentioned.

The aftermath of the State Bank for Labor was an obliteration at the polls.

Liberal leader Dean Brown became premier before becoming challenged by John Olsen.

“Whilst in the previous we might have had our political differences, it was a pleasure to operate with him in a professional connection,” Mr Olsen mentioned.

“Yes, the situation of the State Bank was that final chapter but if we appear at his contribution over his 10 years as premier … it was important.”

Soon after his political profession, Dr Bannon became a major scholar of federation, earning a PhD.

He served on the board of the ABC and South Australian Cricket Association.

In keeping with his paradoxical perform, the Labor leader wrote a biography of the South Australian Conservative leader John Downer and worked closely with former Liberal minister Ian McLaughlin at the SACA.

Though he lived a life seemingly of paradoxes and contradictions, Dr Bannon is remembered as a man of principle and a politician without ego.

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Former South Australian premier John Bannon dies aged 72

Posted December 13, 2015 18:08:17

Former South Australian premier John Bannon has died, aged 72, following fighting a extreme illness for many years.

The former Labor leader passed away surrounded by family members nowadays.

Mr Bannon led the Labor Party to Government at the 1982 election, where he became premier and treasurer.

He held the positions for nearly a decade, before resigning in 1992.

Current South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill paid tribute to Mr Bannon, saying he was a excellent friend and mentor.

Subjects: death, states-and-territories, government-and-politics, sa

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Woman’s physique identified in South Hedland home

Posted December 13, 2015 14:30:55

Map: South Hedland 6722

Police in the Pilbara are investigating the suspicious death of a 29-year-old woman in South Hedland.

Officers went to a residence in Brodie Crescent on Saturday morning to check on the woman’s welfare soon after getting details.

They discovered the woman’s body inside the residence.

Key Crime Squad detectives have travelled to South Hedland to investigate and are speaking to a 33-year-old man who is recognized to the lady.

Any individual who saw or heard anything suspicious in the region among Friday evening and Saturday morning is urged to speak to police.

Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, law-crime-and-justice, crime, south-hedland-6722

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White water rafting business forced to move south as King River dries up

Posted December 12, 2015 14:45:22

White water rafting on the King River Photo: King River Rafting has started operating on the more tame River Derwent because of low water levels on the King River. (Supplied: King River Rafting)

Record low rainfall is forcing a Tasmanian rafting business to shift its operations from the west coast to the south in order to survive.

King River Rafting, run by husband and wife team Paul Steane and Michele Cordwell-Steane, started guided tours along the King River for the first time last summer, taking 200 people in four months.

Rafting on the River DerwentVideo: Rafting on the River Derwent (ABC News)

But the driest October on record has left Hydro Tasmania’s dams at extremely low levels and reduced the once-mighty King River, which relies on the regular release of water, to a whimper.

Ms Cordwell-Steane said the shift was another blow to the struggling West Coast economy which had already been hit hard by the ongoing closure of the Mt Lyell copper mine.

“We probably would have put about $ 80,000 to $ 100,000 into Queenstown and they will certainly miss that,” she said.

“[The rafting] just brings people in so what people mostly do is spend two or three nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and we have groups of up to 16 coming [on the trip], so it will have an impact.”

Paul and Michele Cordwell-Steane Photo: Paul and Michele Cordwell-Steane by the River Derwent as they prepare to take another group rafting. (ABC News: Michael Atkin)

The fledgling business has had to refund more than $ 20,000 in future bookings and there is no work available for some northern staff.

“We have had to refund lots of money so it hasn’t been good, hence our reason for doing the Derwent because we hope we can keep afloat, pardon the pun, until next summer,” she said.

Now they are rafting in the much milder waters of the River Derwent near New Norfolk.

Ms Cordwell-Steane said it was incomparable to the King River.

“It’s very different than on the King, on the Derwent … the rapids are probably level one and two on the King through the Gorge they’re three and four,” she said.

“Yesterday on a Derwent trip we saw a beautiful sea eagle and about five platypus.

“The Derwent is farm land, which is also beautiful but the King you go from the forest to the sea so you go through rainforest, there’s lots of Huon pine and then end up almost at Macquarie Harbour.”

Rafting the King River Photo: While the rapids on the River Derwent are not as wild as those on the King River it’s proximity to Hobart makes it more accessible to tourists. (Supplied: King River Rafting)

The new experience does offer the opportunity to learn rafting and, crucially, is a short drive from Tasmania’s tourism hot spot of Hobart.

It was the perfect holiday fun for engaged couple John Godwin and Rochelle Armstrong.

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Ms Armstrong said the calmer waters suited her.

“I’ve never really done anything like this before and I’m a bit nervous about the water, so it was very exciting,” she said.

“King River wasn’t really accessible for us because we were already visiting Hobart so we were just looking for something close.”

Mr Goodwin said they get married next week and were under strict instructions to come back unscathed.

“Rochelle is not allowed to go in the water, we’re not allowed to hurt each other,” he said.

“Always hold on to the T bar and the pole otherwise you’ll get a black eye,” Ms Armstrong added.

“The ab workout has been alright, I guess.”

The move south has given new guide 20-year-old James Wynwood the break he was been looking for.

“I’ve been studying for nine months at Tafe and I’ve been waiting for that opportunity to get out there and get into the industry,” he said.

“I’ve fished along the Derwent with my parents and I know a fair bit about it as well so it’s really good for me to be able to take people as a job down the river doing something that I love.”

Ms Cordwell-Steane said she hoped water levels in the King River would recover in time to recommence tours in the summer of 2017 and if the gentler experience along the Derwent River proved popular, King River Rafting might permanently expand its tours to both locations.

Just do not expect it to change its name.

King River Rafting happy to stay afloat Photo: Being forced to explore the River Derwent has opened up a new opportunity and King River Rafting may operate from both locations once the King River is back to usual torrent. (Supplied: King River Rafting)

Topics: lifestyle-and-leisure, travel-and-tourism, tourism, drought, new-norfolk-7140

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South Carolina military college suspends cadets more than ‘KKK uniforms’

Posted December 12, 2015 14:03:56

US military cadets in KKK-like costumes Photo: Photographs of military cadets at The Citadel wearing KKK-like outfits had been extensively shared on social media. (Facebook: Citadel Minority-Alumni)

A prestigious military college in the United States has suspended eight students and launched an investigation following photos emerged of cadets posing in all-white outfits reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan.

Crucial points

  • Cadets at South Carolina military college suspended for dressing in outfits reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan
  • College comes below fire for flying Confederate flag
  • Suspected white supremacist Dylann Roof shot dead nine black churchgoers in very same city
  • Hillary Clinton says “symbols of hate produce a lot more hate”

US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also weighed in the incident at The Citadel college, exactly where the Confederate battle flag flies, tweeting: “Symbols of hate develop a lot more hate. It is time for the Confederate flag to come down at The Citadel.”

The flag was the concentrate of renewed impassioned debate in June after a suspected white supremacist shot dead nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, the very same city exactly where The Citadel is primarily based.

The cadets were pictured dressed in white and with white pillow situations over their heads with two holes for the eyes, in haunting similarities to the infamous Ku Klux Klan, a white hate group.

“Eight cadets have been suspended and went home this morning,” Citadel spokeswoman Kim Keelor mentioned.

Retired Lieutenant-Common John Rosa, the academy’s president, stated the cadets had been singing Christmas carols as portion of a “Ghosts of Christmas Past” skit.

The pictures — which have been splashed across social media — were “offensive and disturbing”, he mentioned in a statement, ordering an investigation.

“These photos are not constant with our core values of honour, duty and respect,” he mentioned.

School’s Confederate flag comes under scrutiny

The furore drew interest to the Confederate flag flown on campus, seen as a racist symbol by numerous Americans.

Ms Keelor stated The Citadel was not immediately capable to remove the flag due to a state law recognized as the Heritage Act that “prevents its removal as it is portion of a memorial collection of antique flags”.

External Hyperlink: Hillary Clinton tweet about The Citadel

She stated the college’s board of visitors voted nine to three in June to remove the flag and subsequently created a formal request to the relevant legislators asking that it be permitted to take away the flag.

Only South Carolina’s legislature has the authority, by a vote, to choose that the flag be taken down, according to Ms Keelor.

The Heritage Act itself could be reconsidered by legislators when they convene in the New Year.

In a web site attributed to him, accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof espoused racist views toward African-Americans and, in pictures, posed with firearms and the Confederate flag.

There are at the moment amongst five,000 and 8,000 Ku Klux Klan members, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

AFP

Topics: discrimination, race-relations, activism-and-lobbying, government-and-politics, united-states

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South China Morning Post sold to e-commerce giant Alibaba

Posted December 12, 2015 11:51:ten

Alibaba has agreed to buy Hong Kong’s flagship English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, the most politically sensitive acquisition by the e-commerce giant to date.

Alibaba and SCMP Group Ltd announced on Friday that the Hangzhou-primarily based firm would purchase the 112-year-old newspaper and other media properties for an undisclosed quantity.

The buy, which follows a string of media deals by Alibaba, is likely to raise concerns in Hong Kong, where the South China Morning Post occupies an crucial position among the English-speaking elite who nevertheless dominate the former British colony.

Chinese-language dailies could be a lot more influential than the Post, but modifications in its editorial path are noticed as a barometer for press freedom under Chinese rule.

Alibaba has acquired or invested in a growing portfolio of media and content material businesses in recent years.

“The SCMP has iconic status in the region, with a strong reputation internationally for the quality and credibility of its journalism over the years,” Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, stated in a letter to SCMP readers.

“Like numerous print media, however, the SCMP faces challenges amid the dramatic modifications in the way news is reported and distributed. But these changes play to Alibaba’s strengths, which is why we believe the two firms complement each and every other nicely.”

New owners seek to address concerns about independence

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma is no stranger to controversy at the newspaper.

In 2013, a reporter for the Post quit right after quoting Mr Ma as getting created remarks in assistance of Beijing’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Mr Ma denied at the time that he had made such an assertion.

Mr Tsai sought to address issues about editorial independence in his letter.

“In reporting the news, the SCMP will be objective, correct and fair… day-to-day editorial decisions will be driven by editors in the newsroom, not in the corporate boardroom.”

Nonetheless, some SCMP employees members stated the takeover was unlikely to have much influence more than the publication’s content, and greeted the news with resignation.

“The SCMP has not had an editorial balance for far more than a decade. We do not think that will alter beneath a mainland Chinese owner,” said an editor who has worked at the newspaper for a lot more than a decade.

Friday’s agreement includes SCMP Group’s other media assets, such as licenses to the Hong Kong editions of Esquire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar.

Financial terms of the deal had been not disclosed.

Reuters

Subjects: print-media, info-and-communication, media, industry, china, hong-kong

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$15m to prevent far more fish deaths in WA’s South West

Posted December 08, 2015 22:26:35

A lot more than 30 projects costing practically $ 15 million will get underway to boost water top quality problems in a South West water catchment, plagued by a number of huge fish kills.

About 10,000 fish had been killed in the Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary final year by a toxic algae bloom, right after the same quantity died the earlier year.

The projects contain installing an oxygenation planter, which will improve oxygen in the water, and functioning with local farmers to minimize nutrient run-off.

The State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund will contribute $ 7.15 million, and partner agencies will contribute $ 7.65 million to carry out the projects more than four years.

The projects have been generated by a taskforce set up in response to the mass fish kills.

Water Minister Mia Davies mentioned the estuary’s management had been problematic till then simply because there had been so several agencies involved in distinct elements.

“Actually acquiring everyone to sit down and identify who was responsible for what, possessing ownership for parts of the program, and actually then identifying projects that have been going to make has been a massive component of the dilemma,” she mentioned.

“That’s what this taskforce was about, to accomplish a genuine sense of goal with each other.”

It included representatives from the Division of Water, Water Corporation, City of Busselton, GeoCatch and Western Dairy.

Ms Davies will be handing over her function as chair of the Vasse Taskforce to deputy chair and local Member for Vasse Libby Mettam.

Ms Mettam said there had been a lot of community concern about the fish kills.

“It was an issue that was raised consistently with me for the duration of the election campaign, and I feel that’s where environmental issues sit now,” she said.

“It is neighborhood, financial, and it is an outcome that we all require to see delivered.”

Subjects: fishing-aquaculture, fish, water, vasse-6280

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South Korea activists protest labour policies, get in touch with for Park’s apology

Posted December 05, 2015 23:17:55

Protesters at a rally in South Korea Photo: Protesters at an anti-government rally in central Seoul. The the sign in centre reads: “listen to people’s voice”. (Reuters: Kim Hong-Ji)

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have marched by means of downtown Seoul, demanding that South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologise for cracking down on a protest last month when farm and labour activists clashed with police.

An estimated crowd of 30,000 individuals, a lot of of them wearing masks in defiance of Ms Park’s call for a ban on mask-wearing during protests.

They marched by way of the city centre behind a banner reading “Resign Park Geun-Hye”, chanting slogans.

Saturday’s rally in the capital drew around 14,000 men and women, according to police estimates, far fewer than the 60,000 that attended the rally on November 14.

It went ahead following a court rejected the government’s request for an injunction produced in the aftermath of the violent scenes at the earlier demonstration, which had been organised by some of the country’s most militant activist groups to protest against Ms Park’s labour marketplace and education policies.

External Hyperlink: Video shows protesters in downtown Seoul calling for president Park Geun-hye to apologise

Ms Park’s conservative government plans to make it achievable for employers to dismiss workers based on functionality and to cap the salaries of senior staff in order to encourage employers to hire younger people and ease youth unemployment.

Activists had been also protesting against Ms Park’s choice to replace privately published college history textbooks with government versions, a move they say is an try to whitewash military dictators’ oppression of democracy and human rights in South Korea till the mid-1980s.

Charges were laid against dozens of men and women in the wake of the rally last month, which saw riot police use water cannon and pepper spray soon after some protesters attacked police with metal pipes and sharpened bamboo sticks.

An arrest warrant has been issued against the head of the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), who has taken sanctuary in a Buddhist temple in Seoul, from where, on Saturday, he repeated a get in touch with for a common strike.

“What is our demand? Cease the move to worsen labour circumstances that only fattens capitalists,” KCTU chief Han Sang-gyun stated in his video message to the rally.

KCTU has regularly issued calls for a common strike in current years but the only considerable action taken has been rotating function stoppages at locations exactly where unionised labour is extremely organised.

There is broad public assistance for Ms Park’s labour policy.

A Gallup poll released in September of 1,002 respondents showed more than 70 per cent support for the plan to make firing less complicated and to cap greater income earners’ salaries.

Reuters/AFP

Topics: activism-and-lobbying, world-politics, government-and-politics, korea-republic-of

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Bishop caught spending $50,000 on South America trip

Updated December 03, 2015 17:32:02

Former speaker Bronwyn Bishop spent far more than $ 50,000 on a country-hopping South American trip earlier this year.

Mrs Bishop resigned as speaker in August following weeks of pressure over her taxpayer-funded expenditure.

New documents reveal she travelled to Ecuador, Peru and Argentina between January ten-25 this year.

Four other MPs and senators have been portion of a delegation that travelled to Ecuador and Peru for the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum.

Mrs Bishop travelled to Argentina with out other members of the group.

The other four charged taxpayers much less than $ 24,000 every.

The most current expenditure report for MPs and senators showed $ 32,046.28 was spent on airfares and $ 12,625.35 on accommodation and meals, whilst the total expense was $ 52,700.62.

Mrs Bishop’s office has been contacted for comment.

Earlier this year it was revealed she spent a lot more than $ 5,000 chartering a helicopter from Melbourne to Geelong in November to attend a Liberal Celebration fundraiser.

The expenditure report, released right now, showed she continued to charter aircraft after the notorious November helicopter trip.

On March six this year, $ four,100 was spent on a return trip to Port Macquarie, where she attended the Hastings Heroine Awards — an occasion recognising regional women leaders.

No direct flights are obtainable among Canberra and Port Macquarie, but the journey can take significantly less than 3 hours flying by way of Sydney.

A six-day trip by Ms Bishop to Vietnam in March and April price taxpayers $ 19,218.99, like almost $ 13,000 on flights.

External Hyperlink: Expenditure claimed January 1 to June 30, 2015

Subjects: tax, government-and-politics, federal-government, australia

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Lady charged with murder of Marnielee Cave on NSW south coast

Posted December 02, 2015 06:38:20

Police have charged a woman with murder following a physique was found below a bridge on the New South Wales far south coast.

Marnielee Maree Cave, 26, from Bega, was discovered dead beneath the Mogareeka Bridge at Tathra on October 14 about eight:15am.

Investigators from Far South Coast Local Region Command launched Strike Force Bract to investigate the death.

Officers arrested a 52-year-old lady at a house in Bega on Tuesday.

The lady was taken to Bega Police Station and charged with murder and wounding with intent to lead to grievous bodily harm.

She was refused bail and is due to appear ahead of Batemans Bay Neighborhood Court.

Subjects: crime, courts-and-trials, murder-and-manslaughter, tathra-2550, bega-2550

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