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InDaily : October 25th 2011
PARTNERS ADELAIDE’S DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWS CLICK ON THE PAGE TO ZOOM TUESDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2011 MICHAEL JACOBS : ANALYSIS THERE were three striking aspects of Jay Weatherill’s first news conference as premier last Friday. First, that it was an all-in affair; second, that it went for so long; and third, that – unfailingly courteous and patient – he declined all invitations to make a speccy announcement. All of that might seem to be largely about the premier’s relations with the media, but it is also going to be a large part of how the government is interpreted to the rest of us. Inevitably, it will affect the connections, or lack of them, between the government and the people. Jay Weatherill’s reasons for not making any big announcement that day were simple: it would be discourteous, he said, to his new cabinet, which had not even met, and it would be discourteous to his party, whose annual convention he had to address next day. He had to repeat this answer several times because what began as an invitation to drop the “big one” eventually became something of a plea to do so. It is not hard to understand why: it is an entrenched habit and to some extent, particularly for television, a need of the media. Television news editors love to bellyache about political stories and government announcements being a turn- off for their audiences. But by heaven, they run ’em – and they like to have something sharp and grabby to work with. If they, and other major media, are not going to get a steady diet of that sort of thing, they are going to have to make some adjustments. So are the rest of us. For the big media... Read more THE State Government’s Premier and Ministerial websites were being rebuilt yesterday as the new team settled in at the State administration centre in Victoria Square. “We are a new team,” declared Minister for Transport Services Chloe Fox on radio yesterday. Finding that team online was a tad difficult. Click on the link to Premier Jay Weatherill and you got an empty box and the words: “This site is down for maintenance. Please check again later.” Ministerial links on the central site, sa.gov.au, took you to most of the Ministers’ pages, but there was little detail other than a list of their portfolios. If you did a search of Premier Rann to see if cached pages from the old site were still... Read more Whack, take that, Mike Rann DES RYAN : OPINION SOUTH Australia will get a full-blown anti-corruption commission after all and the world according to Jay will be a better place. Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday firmly slapped down... Read more Labor’s ICAC resistance falls away KEVIN NAUGHTON : ANALYSIS EVERY attempt by Opposition and Independent MPs in the past four years to raise the prospect or possibility of establishing an ICAC in South Australia was met with derision by the Rann... Read more LOW-KEY WEATHERILL DISCARDS THE HEADLINE SPIN CYCLE New team removes the past Premier ducks news media sucker punch Photo: Liza Kappelle/AAP Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter CONTACT INDAILY Click to email Responsibility for all comment is taken by the Editor, Des Ryan, Suite 4, Cinema Place, Adelaide. SA 5000. Sales Manager Online Producer Editor INSIDE TODAY Any insider information? HOME PAGE NEWS NATION | WORLD BUSINESS SPORT VIEWS REVIEWS TODAY’S JOBS ISPY PROPERTY WEATHER
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