Category: SA Gov

Police ready to apply for bike clubs to be outlawed

Daniel Wills: The Advertiser | September 04, 2008

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POLICE say they are ready to take imminent action to outlaw criminal bike gangs after tough new State Government legislation came into effect today.

The Serious and Organised Crime Act allows Police Commissioner Mal Hyde to apply to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to outlaw individual gangs and place severe restrictions on their members.

Assistant Police Commissioner Tony Harrison this afternoon said police had been gathering information for some time and would soon move against the gangs.

“A lot of preparatory work has been ongoing and I wouldn’t anticipate it would be too …

Priest Wants Government to Do More for Aborigines to Prevent Crime

David Cappo blasts government inaction over Gang of 49

Maria Moscaritolo: The Advertiser | July 28, 2008

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THE new Families and Communities Minister has conceded her department has more to do in addressing the Gang of 49 crime culture in Adelaide.

Earlier today, the man charged with addressing the social ills behind the Gang of 49 – Monsignor David Cappo – said government departments were not doing enough to help.

Father Cappo, the chairman of the State Government’s Social Inclusion Board, singled out the Family and Communities Department as not doing enough and not working quickly enough.

Jennifer Rankine, …

SA Govt Refuses to Train Unemployed Australians – Imports 50,000 Filipinos Instead

Jobs coup in 50,000 Filipino worker deal for SA

Michael Owen, Political Reporter: The Advertiser | July 10, 2008

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ADELAIDENOW SCOOP: AN IMMIGRATION agreement with the Philippines will deliver up to 50,000 skilled workers to South Australia over the next decade.

SA Govt Refuses to Train Unemployed Australians – Imports 50,000 Filipinos InsteadDeputy Premier Kevin Foley, who is on a nine-day trade mission to Malaysia and the Philippines, told The Advertiser yesterday a memorandum of understanding between the two governments would help streamline the immigration process.

A special program will be introduced by the Philippines, under its Labour and Employment Secretary Arturo Brion, for SA companies to employ “highly trained” …

The “Burkhini” – Another Tax Payer Expense

Cultural worries covered

The Advertiser | June 25, 2008

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… The “burkhini” is making a splash with Muslim students in the Riverland.

The wetsuit-style lycra costume, which covers the arms, legs and hair, has given 10 Renmark High School students the chance to learn to swim while remaining true to their culture.

Principal Paul Wilton said since the school bought the burkhinis, the students had become more active.

“We noticed that, while the boys were actively participating in events, the girls were very shy and none of them came to the school swimming carnival,” he said.

“We are a …

Vic Police chief bags SA bikie laws

The Advertiser | June 26, 2008

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VICTORIA’S police chief is warning SA’s tough new anti-bikie gang laws will lead to increased conflict between police and bikies and drive them underground.
Police Commissioner Christine Nixon says the laws will “merely drive the visible appearance of organised motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) underground, where the criminal activity will continue to function”.

“Rather than displacing OMCG organised crime activity from SA, it is likely the new laws will increase police-OMCG conflict,” she said.

“Victoria Police does not support proposals intended to deal with OMCG members in a similar manner to that of terrorist groups …

Adelaide City Council Donates $65 Grand to Islam – Where’s Creativity’s $$$?

Council grant for mosque work

ABC | Jun 17, 2008

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/17/2276785.htm

Australia’s oldest mosque is getting a $65,000 grant from Adelaide City Council to fund the repairs to one of its minarets.

The mosque in Gilbert Street in the city was built in the late 1880s, with minarets added in 1903.

Lord Mayor Michael Harbison says it is the first time the Council has funded refurbishment work on a mosque.

“This money allocated will restore the fourth minaret of the mosque to its former glory and give us what really is a beautiful building, very important to the Islamic community …

“Bikie Laws” Not Draconian Enough for Liberals

Bikie laws ‘must cover prisons’

Nigel Hunt: The Advertiser | June 22, 2008

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THE Opposition [Liberal Party] wants new legislation aimed at stopping bikies from associating to cover their activities in the state’s prisons.

Opposition correctional services spokesman David Wade said revelations in the Sunday Mail last week of gang brawls indicated the Government was not effectively managing gang members inside prison.

“Labor is keen to lock people up – it needs to give more attention to effectively managing prisoners while they are in prison,” he said.

“The situation is unacceptable and it is only going to get worse …

Gypsy Jokers gather for funeral that will soon be illegal

Colin James, Legal Affairs Editor: The Advertiser | June 18, 2008

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GYPSY Jokers from across Australia have gathered in Adelaide for a funeral which would be illegal under new anti-bikie laws introduced by the State Government.

The bikies were farewelling club president Wayne “Chiller” McGrath, 42, a father of four and part-owner of four tattoo parlours, who suffered a fatal heart attack last week while exercising on a treadmill at his Virginia home.

His sudden death prompted public tributes from Gypsy Jokers members nationally and overseas, including the US, Germany, South Africa and Norway.

More than 300 people – …

Minister for Multicultural Affairs goes Bonkers

Atkinson blasts senior magistrate as ‘daft’ and ‘delusional’

Jamie Walker: The Advertiser | June 13, 2008

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL Michael Atkinson has called a senior magistrate “daft” and “delusional” for calling for jail overcrowding to be factored into sentencing.

The ferocity of the criticism from Mr Atkinson, of deputy chief magistrate Andrew Cannon yesterday stunned the Adelaide legal community.

Mr Atkinson’s office was on the back foot last night to justify his language, and some of the grounds he had used to blast Dr Cannon, who is an adjunct professor of law and the state’s senior mining warden.

Mr Atkinson launched …