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Long, cold nights to continue for South Australia as winter solstice ... - The Advertiser

THE sun has set on the shortest day of the year in South Australia, but that doesn’t mean things will be warming up. South Australians should brace for low temperatures over coming clear nights before a little wintry rain over Adelaide.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a frost warning for the Riverland this morning as some areas shivered through minimum temperatures of -1C — and even colder. At 5.02am at Renmark Airport it was a bracing -2.1C. In Adelaide it was a lot milder — the temperature didn’t go below 5C overnight.

Bureau senior forecaster Mark Anolak said the clear skies over South Australia at the start of June have been to blame for the cold nights.

“Clear skies at night allow for the land to cool down,” Mr Anolak said.

“With the winter solstice on Wednesday there is a lot of time between sunset and sunrise, so there is a lot of night.

“When the sun is out we get a lot of...


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South Australia to impose its own bank levy - The Australian

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis arrives to deliver the state's 2017-2018 Budget.

Major banks will be hit with a South-Australian based levy to boost the state’s bottom line, as Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has today delivered a pre-election budget centred on job creation and record infrastructure spending for new hospitals, schools and roads.

The state will raise revenue through a major bank levy forecast to raise $370m over the next four years, and a foreign buyer stamp duty charge of 4 per cent to raise almost $49m.

Mr Koutsantonis justified another levy on the banks, in addition to the commonwealth’s, by arguing financial institutions took “super profits” from communities yet remained undertaxed.

“Banks are continually closing branches, they’re continually charging us to take our own money out of the banks, they’re continually charging us to send out our own...


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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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Confusion reigns for cattle producers in South Australia over Bovine ... - ABC Online

New requirements for managing Bovine Johne's disease (BJD) have created confusion and uncertainty for some South Australian cattle producers.

Due to the deregulation of the management of BJD, farms are now required to put a biosecurity plan in place by June 30.

Yorke Peninsula farmer Ashley Rowe was among 80 producers, stock agents and industry representatives at a meeting hosted by Clare Veterinary Services Clinic this week.

He said changes had been poorly communicated, and producers had travelled from afar to understand their obligations under the new framework.

"There's been very little information distributed about the whole scheme up until the last week or so," he said.

"Who is actually going to be checking on it and what extra things do we have to do now the old map scheme has been demolished?

"There's not really any answers out there at the minute. By the sound of it, it's all...


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It's a hard day's night when you're in South Australia - The Australian Financial Review

Macca is not bound for South Australia.

by The Australian Financial Review

The world of rock music was, er, rocked to its core this week by the sad news that former Beatles and Wings frontman, songwriting guru and bass player par excellence Paul McCartney has decided not to include South Australia in his imminent tour down under.

Said a spokesperson for the man who many believe is actually dead, having been killed walking barefoot across a pedestrian crossing outside the Albert Hall in Blackburn, Lancashire by a Volkswagen Beetle (number plate 28 IF) in 1967 and been replaced by an imposter in a fake walrus moustache called Mr Billy Shears: "Paul narrowly avoided dying once a long time ago so he was desperate not to die on stage again in South Australia. There's nothing wrong with doing a couple of songs unplugged, but doing the entire two-and-a-half-hour show without any...


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Mini baby boom in South Australia after September 28 statewide ... - The Advertiser

  • Increase in pregnancies after September statewide power failure

OUR predictions were right – South Australia is experiencing a mini June baby boom and many are attributing the bubs to last September’s blackout.

Latest birthing figures at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital show a small surge in births this June compared with 2016, sparking speculation the widespread statewide power failure on September 28 has resulted in little blackout babies.

A total of 290 babies have already been welcomed into the world at the hospital this month, compared with 268 last year.

Babies conceived at around the same date as the blackout would be born this week and the proof comes after The Advertiser, in March, predicted a baby boom.

Flinders Medical Centre paediatrician Dr Sanjay Sinhal said the hospital’s neonatal ward was also much busier than usual.

“The labour ward think we are delivering more...


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Read more: Mini baby boom in South Australia after September 28 statewide ... - The Advertiser

NSW follows Victoria, South Australia in major push to demand management - RenewEconomy

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The New South Wales government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency have thrown $15 million into a new trial for demand management, extending the push towards smarter ways of dealing with demand peaks further across the National Electricity Market.

NSW will team with the Australian Energy Market Operator and ARENA to seek up to  70MW of demand management capacity, adding to the 100MW of demand management capacity being sought in a separate trial funded by ARENA.

The initiative is looking for alternatives to building new “peaking” or baseload power stations and will look at options such as paying users – household and business – to switch off appliances or machines, or load shift – in exchange for payments.

That, they reason, is smarter, cleaner, and cheaper than having to force outages on consumers, such as happened to the Tomago smelter in February, when the grid is unable to...


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Plibersek and Pyne clash over South Australian bank tax - The Australian

Labor’s deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said she was “relaxed’’ about South Australia’s decision to impose a tax on the nation’s big banks duplicating the federal levy despite the banking sector branding it a desperate act by economic vandals.

Ms Plibersek said it was a “matter for the South Australian government’’ but the state’s most senior federal Liberal MP, Christopher Pyne, described it as a “smash and grab’’ by a state Labor government that loved “taxing business out of business’’.

Ms Plibersek said: “I think it’s pretty hilarious that we’ve got a federal government who says that when the federal Liberals introduce a bank tax, it is sensible economic management.

“When a state Labor government does it, it’s the end of the world. Armageddon has arrived. It’s a bit inconsistent,’’ Ms Plibersek told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda today.

The Weatherill government’s South Australian budget...


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SA Police officers help Adelaide man pull off marriage proposal ... - The Advertiser

A SEEMINGLY routine police stop in Adelaide has brought one man to his knees and led to a life sentence of a happy kind.

Norwood man Michael Yuan, 25, recruited two Adelaide police officers to help him pop the question to girlfriend Katie Stellon – and video footage of the elaborate proposal has gone viral after it was posted on social media.

The video, shot using police body cameras and mobile phones, has been viewed more than 12,000 times since it was uploaded on Michael’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

The footage shows two police officers - Constables Michael Plunkett and John Henderson – pulling over Michael and Katie, 26, in a side street in Norwood about 3.15pm on Wednesday, June 14.

The incident was all part of Michael’s secret plan to propose to his girlfriend of six years.

The couple, both dentists, met while studying at Adelaide University.

Putting their acting skills to...


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Read more: SA Police officers help Adelaide man pull off marriage proposal ... - The Advertiser

SA budget: Unemployment in Adelaide's north nothing like Premier's 'beautiful lifestyle' concept - ABC Online

Final Holden Cruze rolls off the production line

A state budget presentation is a piece of theatre, something South Australia Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis admirably demonstrated when he coyly observed his latest effort was like "a woman walking down the street in a red dress".

It was in response to an unkind suggestion that the Treasurer's fourth budget was a little underwhelming in the sexy stakes.

Beauty, both economic and otherwise, the Treasurer was trying to point out, is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty was also a subject on Premier Jay Weatherill's mind as he kicked off the budget day show.

"How do we continue this beautiful lifestyle we've created for ourselves in this state ... if we can answer this powerfully and convincingly then elections look after themselves," Mr Weatherill said.

It's a remark that should invite more...


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State Budget 2017: Big banks attack South Australia's new $370m tax - The Advertiser

THE big banks could slug South Australian homeowners and businesses with targeted rate rises in response to the State Government’s bank levy, financial experts say.

SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis wants to raise $370 million over the next four years from a levy on the big four banks and Macquarie Group, but analysts say lenders could respond by hitting local borrowers in the pocket.

“We expect the banks to push back against the South Australian bank levy as they will not want the other states to follow SA’s lead,” UBS analyst Jon Mott wrote in a note to investors.

The responses could include raising South Australian mortgage and corporate loan rates, rationing credit in the state, or threatening to move call centres and processing centres elsewhere, Mr Mott said.

Such responses could have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, which has the highest unemployment rate in the...


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Read more: State Budget 2017: Big banks attack South Australia's new $370m tax - The Advertiser

Daniel Wills: By looking at Labor's SA Budget, you get a good sense of the next election will be fought - The Advertiser

LABOR always has laser focus on what’s needed to save the jobs of its ministers and MPs, even when it lacks a convincing plan that can deliver those same results for the people of SA.

The State Budget handed down by Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis this week is as political as they get, which is hardly surprising as we roll mercilessly towards an election in March next year.

By looking at where and how Labor is spending, you get a good sense of the ground on which it believes the election will be fought, plus its weaknesses and strengths heading into the poll.

The big sell leading up to the Budget’s release was all around health.

Dressed up as new spending measures, the Government poured more than $1 billion into new and reheated hospital announcements that were all directed at undoing damage of the past few years. After a decade of runaway spending on health before the global financial...


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Mini baby boom in South Australia after September 28 statewide ... - The Advertiser

  • Increase in pregnancies after September statewide power failure

OUR predictions were right – South Australia is experiencing a mini June baby boom and many are attributing the bubs to last September’s blackout.

Latest birthing figures at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital show a small surge in births this June compared with 2016, sparking speculation the widespread statewide power failure on September 28 has resulted in little blackout babies.

A total of 290 babies have already been welcomed into the world at the hospital this month, compared with 268 last year.

Babies conceived at around the same date as the blackout would be born this week and the proof comes after The Advertiser, in March, predicted a baby boom.

Flinders Medical Centre paediatrician Dr Sanjay Sinhal said the hospital’s neonatal ward was also much busier than usual.

“The labour ward think we are delivering more...


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Read more: Mini baby boom in South Australia after September 28 statewide ... - The Advertiser

Editorial: No victory if bank warfare trashes SA | Adelaide Now - 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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Read more: Editorial: No victory if bank warfare trashes SA | Adelaide Now - The Advertiser

Two killed in serious crashes at Warnertown and Forreston - The Advertiser

A MID-NORTH cattle farmer and beekeeper was one of two people killed in separate road crashes in a horror half-hour on South Australian roads on Friday night.

Nine cars were involved in three serious crashes — two just a kilometre apart in the Mid-North town of Warnertown and a third in the Adelaide Hills — between 5.30pm and 6pm on Friday.

Graham Lines, 66, died after the Hyundai hatchback he was driving was involved in a four-car crash on the Augusta Highway, near Church Rd, at Warnertown.

Mr Lines, of Nelshaby, was a cattle farmer and beekeeper. Those that knew him visited his home on Saturday after hearing the devastating news. They declined to comment on the tragedy.

The driver of a Suzuki 4WD involved in the smash was taken to Port Pirie Hospital with minor injuries.

The occupants of a Holden sedan and Mitsubishi sedan were not injured.

Port Pirie Regional Council Mayor John...


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Jonathan Negus strikes as MetroStars win FFA Cup SA final against ... - The Advertiser

JONATHAN Negus won eight major trophies in a decade with Adelaide City.

On Saturday, the veteran scored the opening goal to fire MetroStars to a 2-0 victory over his old club in the FFA Cup SA final at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Negus headed home in the seventh minute, before Christian Esposito sealed back-to-back cup triumphs for the Klemzig club midway through the second half.

The hard-fought triumph also earned Robbie Saraceno’s side a place in Thursday’s draw for the national FFA Cup round of 32.

SA Premier League leader City dominated possession for periods of the decider as it looked for its first silverware since 2014.

But it was left frustrated as MetroStars were clinical in attack and resolute in defence, led superbly by skipper Michael D’Aloisio and man-of-the-match Anthony Solagna.

MetroStar's Matthew Dawber tries to get ahead of Adelaide City's Joel Allwright at Coopers...

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Read more: Jonathan Negus strikes as MetroStars win FFA Cup SA final against ... - The Advertiser

SA Budget 2017: Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis intensifies sparring ... - The Advertiser

TREASURER Tom Koutsantonis is goading major banks to take their fight against his $370 million tax hit to the courtroom in a defiant bid to withstand their retaliatory attack.

In a fierce defence of the State Budget impost, on Saturday, dared the big four banks and Macquarie Group to mount a legal challenge, taking a veiled swipe at their executive salaries.

“If a bank wants to take on the people of SA, they’re welcome to,” he said. Mr Koutsantonis’s bold stance came as the Australian Bankers’ Association unleashed a campaign warning of potential financial pain the new tax would inflict on 145,000 SA major bank shareholders.

As Mr Koutsantonis publicly continued his hard sell of the Budget on Saturday, he insisted households would be protected from potential retaliatory bank charges, such as mortgage-rate rises.

And he said he was confident the laws enabling the tax were...


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Read more: SA Budget 2017: Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis intensifies sparring ... - The Advertiser

Long, cold nights to continue for South Australia as winter solstice ... - The Advertiser

THE sun has set on the shortest day of the year in South Australia, but that doesn’t mean things will be warming up. South Australians should brace for low temperatures over coming clear nights before a little wintry rain over Adelaide.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a frost warning for the Riverland this morning as some areas shivered through minimum temperatures of -1C — and even colder. At 5.02am at Renmark Airport it was a bracing -2.1C. In Adelaide it was a lot milder — the temperature didn’t go below 5C overnight.

Bureau senior forecaster Mark Anolak said the clear skies over South Australia at the start of June have been to blame for the cold nights.

“Clear skies at night allow for the land to cool down,” Mr Anolak said.

“With the winter solstice on Wednesday there is a lot of time between sunset and sunrise, so there is a lot of night.

“When the sun is out we get a lot of...


Read full article on News GN South Australia


Read more: Long, cold nights to continue for South Australia as winter solstice ... - The Advertiser

South Australia to impose its own bank levy - The Australian

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis arrives to deliver the state's 2017-2018 Budget.

Major banks will be hit with a South-Australian based levy to boost the state’s bottom line, as Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has today delivered a pre-election budget centred on job creation and record infrastructure spending for new hospitals, schools and roads.

The state will raise revenue through a major bank levy forecast to raise $370m over the next four years, and a foreign buyer stamp duty charge of 4 per cent to raise almost $49m.

Mr Koutsantonis justified another levy on the banks, in addition to the commonwealth’s, by arguing financial institutions took “super profits” from communities yet remained undertaxed.

“Banks are continually closing branches, they’re continually charging us to take our own money out of the banks, they’re continually charging us to send out our own...


Read full article on News GN South Australia


Read more: South Australia to impose its own bank levy - The Australian

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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