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Nick Reade: Bank tax drives massive wedge between South Australia and business community - The Advertiser

AT a time when South Australia needs to attract big businesses and the jobs they generate, the State Government is sending a message that it will penalise them for coming.

Rather than recognising the partners in South Australia’s economic recovery that the banks and their customers represent, the State Budget’s imposition of a discriminatory tax of $370 million on the major banks drives a massive wedge between South Australia and the national business community.

Instead of recognising the enormous faith and support the banks have shown (and continue to show) to South Australians in good times and bad, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has chosen to hobble their ability to continue their strong contribution to our state’s economic recovery.

While touting this as a Jobs Budget, the State Government has delivered anything but. The banking sector in South Australia employs more than any other...


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Strange happenings in South Australia - The Australian

An aerial view of the Whyalla Steelworks. Photo: Supplied

South Australia is developing into a very strange place. First it embarked on renewable power adventures which contributed to extensive blackouts. Now it is planning to tax banks. But by far the strangest South Australian story of all is the saga that involves Arrium (formerly OneSteel).

The South Australian government is taking an incredible risk by plunging money into one bidder so that bidder can beat a second. I creates a new precedent in state government adventurism. The power and banking sagas have been well covered but the South Australian Arrium bid shenanigans have received little publicity. And there is a possibility that the Commonwealth may get dragged into the bidding dispute.

When Arrium went into administration there was some risk that the Whyalla Steelworks would be shut down and the town would suffer a great...


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Newspoll shows South Australia leading the way as voters abandon Liberals - NEWS.com.au

Malcolm Turnbull has talked up his plans for tougher citizenship laws at a Coptic Christian Church.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull remains popular despite his party’s drop in support. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

VOTERS are deserting Malcolm Turnbull’s government with the biggest slip in support in South Australia and Queensland, a Newspoll survey shows.

The analysis showed voter support for the Coalition has tumbled six per cent nationally since last year’s federal election.

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAPSource:AAP

The biggest drop in support over the past six months was in South Australia where Labor are ahead 56 to 44 per cent in two-party terms after a prolonged argument over energy security.

The Coalition has meanwhile seen...


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Whale stranded in shallow waters off Port MacDonnell in South ... - ABC Online

Two officers in a boat circle a whale stranded near the shore.

Attempts to save an injured humpback whale have failed, after it became stranded in shallow waters west of Port MacDonnell in South Australia's Lower South-East.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) dinghy circled the whale and two officers in wet suits splashed water on the bleeding mammal to keep it wet.

The whale was first spotted by PIRSA fishery officers earlier this morning at Finger Point, about 5 kilometres from Port MacDonnell.

While about 50 metres out it was circled by sharks that bit and ate sections of its body as it floated closer to shore.

With high tide it floated into waters too shallow for the sharks but despite officers' best efforts the situation was deemed helpless.

Eleanor Peacock from Melbourne was among a group of spectators watching from a...


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$2.976 million a record price for Drysdale and South Australia - The Australian

Russel Drysdale’s Grandma’s Sunday Walk, painted in 1972 and sold from the Hickinbotham collection.

A Russell Drysdale painting has become the sixth most expensive piece in Australia, selling in Adelaide yesterday for $2.976 million.

The 1972 oil on canvas painting Grandma’s Sunday Walk had been owned since 1990 by Alan and Margaret Hickinbotham, a prominent South Australian ­couple. It was sold to a private Australian collector.

Mossgreen head of art and research Petrit Abazi said the painting was the most expensive sold in South Australia, the most expensive sold in the past five years, and the record for a Drysdale.

“This particular painting captured the Australian country spirit and landscape like not other artist did, and our presence in it,” Mr Abazi said.

The painting was among the largest Drysdale works, measuring 75cm by 126cm.

Mr Abazi said the Hickinbothams had bought...


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South Australia's female innovators are invited to take part in the ... - The Advertiser

THE 2017 Winnovation Awards will kick off next Tuesday, with acclaimed South Australian scientist Professor Tanya Monro speaking at the launch event.

The launch of the awards, held Tuesday July 4 at The Advertiser, is part of Entrepreneur’s Week and aims to showcase South Australia as a place for creativity, innovation and enterprise.

Prof Monro is the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia.

She will be joined by Labor MP Katrine Hildyard and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation’s chief executive officer Carolyn Curtis, who will speak about innovation and its crucial importance to growth in South Australia.

Attendees will also hear what winning a Winnovation Award has meant to former winners, and how it has helped them.

This year the awards has opportunities for women in 11 categories, including a new category for Social...


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Industry calls for new commitment to South Australia's water policy ... - The Advertiser

SOUTH Australia’s water sector needs renewed support for its world-leading aquifer recharge expertise and increasingly lucrative export deals, according to industry leaders.

Goyder Institute for Water Research director Michele Akeroyd said SA was a global leader in aquifer recharge and clever water use but the community was becoming complacent in keeping it strong.

The SA water industry contributed more than $591 million annually and employed around 8460 people across the state, Dr Akeroyd said, and there was vast potential to grow research expertise exports and vital to manage local water use.

While the millennium drought resulted in an explosion in funding for water research and a new desalination plant for the state, she said this commitment dropped away once rain fell.

“I think the feeling is we are not going to run out of water and everything is fairly safe and a lot of other...


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Census 2016: South Australia lagging behind in population growth as Melbourne comes closer to becoming our largest ... - The Advertiser

SOUTH Australia is lagging behind the rest of the mainland in the race to add more residents as Melbourne comes closer to overtaking Sydney as Australia’s largest city.

Australia’s population reached 24.4 million last year, according to results from the 2016 Census which sheds new light on how the nation is changing and on the economic challenges facing SA.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released data on Australia’s population and housing, which was gathered in the October 2016 Census.

The five-yearly national survey was dramatically disrupted by “denial of service” cyberattacks on August 9 last year the Census website, but a panel of experts has signed off on the accuracy of the results.

Australia’s population grew by almost two million in the five years between 2011 and 2016, with Victoria growing by 10.7 per cent and Western Australia by 10.5 per cent.

SA and...


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South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill just doesn't get it: ABA - The Australian Financial Review

The Australian Bankers Association has ramped up its attack on the South Australian bank levy by describing the state government as dim and releasing a report that proves banks are the biggest tax payers in the economy and refuting a key reason put forward for the levy.

ABA executive director of industry policy Tony Pearson said that claims the banking sector doesn't pay its fair share of tax were misguided and that the Weatherill government simply "didn't get it".

"In terms of tax paid, it is banks first, daylight second. Banks make the highest contribution by far to help governments at all levels" the ABA's Mr Pearson said.

The report contains an analysis of tax paid by the 200 largest public companies in Australia. The ABA found that $22.4 billion in tax was paid in 2016 with the seven companies classified as banks paying $12.4 billion or 55 per cent of the total tax take from...


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Read more: South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill just doesn't get it: ABA - The Australian Financial Review

SA plastics recycling business closes due to $100k hike in power bills - ABC Online

Washed recycled plastic at the yards of Plastics Granulating Services.
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South Australia's sky-high electricity prices have forced an Adelaide plastics recycling business to shut its doors, costing 35 workers their jobs, its managing director says.

Plastics Granulating Services (PGS), based in Kilburn in Adelaide's inner-north, said it had seen its monthly power bills increase from $80,000 to $180,000 over the past 18 months.

A little pile of plastic pellets.

Managing director Stephen Scherer said the high cost of power had crippled his business of 38 years and plans for expansion, and had led to his company being placed in...


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SA Water customers pay thousands for TV host to tell them their tap water has the 'wow' factor - The Advertiser

SA WATER customers have been forced to pay $12,000 to a Channel Nine TV host to make a video telling them what their tap water tastes like.

SA Water has defended the value of its “take the tap test” video and said it also received two other segments on In the Garden, which screens on Channel Nine, for its $12,000 outlay.

In the video, self-proclaimed garden guru Kim Syrus exclaims “wow’’ after tasting five glasses of water and learning that the sample he thought was bottled water was actually from Adelaide’s tap supply.

Garden expert Kim Syrus.

The cost of the segment has only emerged in Freedom of Information documents which show SA Water spent $73,000 on corporate videos over the past two years.

In one set of spending, SA Water paid about $13,500 to a company to “find” around a dozen customers to be in a corporate video, despite having the contact details and addresses of around...


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Editorial: No victory if bank warfare trashes SA - The Advertiser

BATTLE lines have been drawn on the $370 million tax grab on big banks spectacularly unveiled in this week’s State Budget.

As the Labor Government expected, and secretly relishes, the move has unleashed fury from the banks.

In the first major shot, BankSA pulled sponsorship of a post-Budget lunch staged by Labor’s fundraising arm. Later, chief executive Nick Reade declared plans to create 150 jobs by opening a backroom office in Adelaide would be put on hold.

Deepening the divide, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis mocked the sponsorship cancellation, insisting the ALP had a no-refund policy.

He tried to undermine BankSA’s standing by highlighting its ownership by Sydney-based Westpac.

Both sides of this increasingly bitter debate need to be careful their invective does not go too far, causing lasting and irreparable damage.

The Government must not wreck South Australia’s reputation as a...


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MasterChef 2017 top ten includes Adelaide'sEloise Praino and SA ... - The Advertiser

THE tradition continues for South Australia in this year’s season of MasterChef Australia.

Adelaide’sEloise Praino and SA-born Karlie Verkerk have made the top ten of the popular reality cooking show, following in the footsteps of star contestants such as Adam Liaw, Poh Ling Yeow, Callum Hann and Laura Cassai.

SA’s Eloise Praino, into the top ten on MasterChef.SA-born Karlie Verkerk, is also into the top ten.

Law clerk Eloise, who was rejected four times before finally getting on the Ten show, says she’s “super proud” to be representing the state.

“ I have always loved getting behind the SA contestants so I feel a massive sense of pride to be here,” she says.

“We are so lucky to be surrounded by the most beautiful scenery and amazing produce, with some of the most incredible foodie locations in the world — Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island, just to name a few — right on...


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Read more: MasterChef 2017 top ten includes Adelaide'sEloise Praino and SA ... - The Advertiser

Industry calls for new commitment to South Australia's water policy as exports rise to China and India - The Advertiser

SOUTH Australia’s water sector needs renewed support for its world-leading aquifer recharge expertise and increasingly lucrative export deals, according to industry leaders.

Goyder Institute for Water Research director Michele Akeroyd said SA was a global leader in aquifer recharge and clever water use but the community was becoming complacent in keeping it strong.

The SA water industry contributed more than $591 million annually and employed around 8460 people across the state, Dr Akeroyd said, and there was vast potential to grow research expertise exports and vital to manage local water use.

While the millennium drought resulted in an explosion in funding for water research and a new desalination plant for the state, she said this commitment dropped away once rain fell.

“I think the feeling is we are not going to run out of water and everything is fairly safe and a lot of other...


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SA defence scientist wins top national award for saving soldiers' lives - The Advertiser

ADELAIDE defence scientist Darryn Smart’s work on protecting Australian and Afghan troops from roadside bombs has won him a prestigious national Clunies Ross Award.

Mr Smart and his team at the Defence Science Technology Group in Edinburgh spent the past eight years refining force protection systems to block the threat of improvised electronic devices (IEDs).

Their system is hailed as the world’s first effective personal protection device light enough to be worn by a soldier.

“The award was for four devices and they provide a protective haze or force field around a person or vehicle that stops insurgents from sending a signal and setting off an IED,” Mr Smart said.

The devices had been commercialised with an estimated benefit of $64 million.

They were used by Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and also sold to Afghan police and army, with orders of 155,000 units delivered...


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Bulging public sector is SA State budget's elephant in room - The Advertiser

An insurance company has recently recycled the “elephant in the room” metaphor in its advertising campaign.

Of course, “elephant in the room” refers to human behaviour when something that’s completely obvious is intentionally and irrationally ignored, because to acknowledge it, or to openly talk about it, is deeply uncomfortable or confronting.

Following last week’s State budget, the only organisation that again raised our State’s very own “elephant in the room” was Business SA.

We read in the Budget papers that this coming financial year the State Public Sector “employee expenses” (payroll and related costs) will be up to an eye-watering $8.3 billion per annum!

Business SA is not anti-public sector; indeed, we highly value the role that an effective and efficient State Public Sector can play.

The problem is that the comparative size and cost of South Australia’s State Public...


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Census 2016: South Australia lagging behind in population growth as Melbourne comes closer to becoming our largest ... - The Advertiser

SOUTH Australia is lagging behind the rest of the mainland in the race to add more residents as Melbourne comes closer to overtaking Sydney as Australia’s largest city.

Australia’s population reached 24.4 million last year, according to results from the 2016 Census which sheds new light on how the nation is changing and on the economic challenges facing SA.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released data on Australia’s population and housing, which was gathered in the October 2016 Census.

The five-yearly national survey was dramatically disrupted by “denial of service” cyberattacks on August 9 last year the Census website, but a panel of experts has signed off on the accuracy of the results.

Australia’s population grew by almost two million in the five years between 2011 and 2016, with Victoria growing by 10.7 per cent and Western Australia by 10.5 per cent.

SA and...


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SA youngster Jesse Paul to race at BMX World Championships - The Advertiser

JESSE Paul can thank recycling for setting him on the path to the BMX world titles.

The Roseworthy youngster was depositing cans at the Willaston Scout Centre three years ago when a nearby mound of dirt caught his eye.

“I saw the (BMX track) start hill and I was wondering what it was,” Jesse, nine, recalled.

“So I went over to have a look at it and there was racing on.

“The next week, I went to a come and try day and I haven’t stopped doing it since.”

Jesse has risen rapidly to rank No.1 in SA among nine-year-old boys.

He will face his biggest test next month, when he travels to South Carolina, US, to compete in the UCI BMX World Championships at Rock Hill.

“I’m really excited,” the Gawler BMX Club rider said.

“The tracks are going to be longer and they will be the best riders I’ve ever raced against.

“I just can’t wait to wear an Australian top and race for Australia.”

Jesse, who...


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SA plastics recycling business closes due to $100k hike in power bills - ABC Online

Washed recycled plastic at the yards of Plastics Granulating Services.
Related Story: Why you're about to pay through the nose for power
Related Story: Power price hike pain spreads to Origin customers in SA, NSW

South Australia's sky-high electricity prices have forced an Adelaide plastics recycling business to shut its doors, costing 35 workers their jobs, its managing director says.

Plastics Granulating Services (PGS), based in Kilburn in Adelaide's inner-north, said it had seen its monthly power bills increase from $80,000 to $180,000 over the past 18 months.

A little pile of plastic pellets.

Managing director Stephen Scherer said the high cost of power had crippled his business of 38 years and plans for expansion, and had led to his company being placed in...


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Read more: SA plastics recycling business closes due to $100k hike in power bills - ABC Online

Car towing caravan bursts into flames on South Eastern Freeway, prompting SA Police to close road - The Advertiser

AN elderly couple from NSW has been saved by the quick-thinking actions of a stranger after their car caught fire on the South Eastern Freeway.

Reg and Pat Blattman, aged 81 and 79, were on their way home to the central NSW town of Tottenham when disaster struck, forcing authorities to shut down the uptrack of the South-Eastern Freeway for the second time in as many weeks.

The couple, who had been holidaying in South Australia for two weeks, were towing a caravan on the SE Freeway just past the Stirling on-ramp when a fellow motorist flagged them down at about 9.30am on Tuesday.

Reg and Pat Blattman abandoned their car after it caught fire. Picture: Dean Martin

They pulled over, with the driver of the other car pulling up in front of them.

“When we got out we thought we’d blown a tyre,” Mrs Blattman said.

“(But) it was flames dropping on to the roadway.

“We got the fire...


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