South Australia. The nation’s North Korea. A one-party state.

South Australia is becoming the nation’s own little North Korea.  A one-party state. Sure, we go through the process of having elections. But like North Korea, the result is never really in doubt. There was a shock last year in the North Korean poll when some official candidates received less than 100 per cent of…

The AFL must hate the game’s fans

The start of the AFL year is upon us and it’s hard to remember a more low-key start to the season. And I say this as a Swans fan whose team is playing tonight. As ever the AFL, thinking themselves the smartest people in the room, reveal themselves to be the dumbest. In reaching for…

The Nuclear pipe dream

This latest nuclear power fever dream from Peter Dutton is really quite odd. Relying, as it does, on a technology that doesn’t really exist at the moment, on costs that are unknowable, in locations yet to be determined and on a timeframe that would be several decades away. Or maybe it’s not odd. Maybe it’s…

The Trumpian threat to this week’s good shipbuilding news

It’s been a good week for the SA economy and the shipbuilding industry. The  confirmation that six Hunter frigates will be built here, followed by the AUKUS nuclear subs gives a bit of confidence to an industry that changes direction more often than prime Eddie Betts weaving his way towards goal. Still, it’s not all…