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Adelaide lost in space as brain pool shrinks : Comments

By Malcolm King, published 24/3/2014

Every year about 4000 young people leave the state in search of work. Many are the cream of the crop: university educated, ambitious and abrim with new ideas.

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I should also add this. One of the major blocker to change is Adelaideís media Ė specifically The Advertiser and TV (not including the ABC). The issues that confront SA require an engaged public. Unfortunately, much of the time, the public via our local media, is engaged in entertainment. Thereís nothing wrong with that. Iím no lefty academic who wants to deprive people of Dancing with the Stars.

Unfortunately for Croweater media consumers, there is no exposition or feature articles on how globalisation is affecting the economy or how the rising power of the Asian economies is downsizing the manufacturing sector. Why are kids leaving the state in droves? Is a growing population good or bad? Why donít we export more? Can we fund aged care for our parents and grandparents? Why are there so few rural stories? Do state employment schemes really work? Itís a critical Ďheads upí to editorial when the blogs on news stories are more informative than the news stories themselves.

The punters are fed a patronising diet of calculated political fabrication, insidious parochialism and fear mongering. In general, the journos are good. Itís an editorial decision to dumb down the content and report booster, PR puff pieces and local opinion leader pap stories, which have little or no news content.

And here is the kicker. The Advertiser and TV News have dumbed down the news so far; have anaesthetised the public on all matters of import (except crime and water shortages), that to change editorial policy now, would shake the local media to its core. Editorial would need to give primacy to the notion that the populace in a democracy is intelligent, responsible and alive to debate. Thatís a big ask in Adelaide Ė but itís future depends on it.
Posted by Malcolm 'Paddy' King, Monday, 24 March 2014 7:10:24 AM
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The problem South Australia has got is Adelaide. If it's not happening in Adelaide then the state government doesn't want to know about it.
The government needs to invest in infrastructure outside of Adelaide to build a strong economy. AS the king maker Brock noted, thereís lots of cranes in Adelaide funded by the government and none in the regions. South Australia could be a great mining state but for the lack of infrastructure. A decent rail network outside on Adelaide would be great for a start. A deep water port in the upper spencer would be good to.

What does our government come up with... letís build a new sports ground and give it to a private members club to run for the salt and peppers to sit and watch the cricket or the football. Let's centralise health service to Adelaide CBD.

Country areas have to rely on federal funding to do anything.
Posted by Cobber the hound, Monday, 24 March 2014 10:12:09 AM
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There's a twofold problem here!
Politicians who actually believe the govt has no business in business, and a cadre of self proclaimed influential experts, who believe almost anyone else, including many much smaller, less well resourced nations, can do/is better than us, at almost anything!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Monday, 24 March 2014 11:49:29 AM
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Only preparations for war, in the shape of Defence industries, can save South Australia.

On SA's wish list is the proposed 36 Billion dollar new submarine project, an extra Air Warfare Destroyer (although unlikely) and perhaps Global Hawk Drones operating from RAAF Base Edinburgh.

On the confirmed to-do list is the future P8 Poseidon aircraft operating from RAAF Base Edinburgh, aerospace weapons tests at Woomera, and finishing the 3 AWDs and 2 LHDs.

All that mean lots of Federal-taxpayer's money for SA.
Posted by plantagenet, Monday, 24 March 2014 12:11:33 PM
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In "Adelaide lost in space as brain pool shrinks" (24 March 2014) details Adelaideís long term economic decline, but suggests no solutions. One my visits to Adelaide, I have looked at the Defecne and Education industries as obvious areas for expansion. See:

* Adelaide: The Hi-Tech Arsenal of Australia : http://blog.tomw.net.au/2012/05/adelaide-hi-tech-arsenal-of-australia.html

As plantagenet suggests (24 March 2014 12:11:33 PM) one possible growth area for South Australia is Defence industry. The major part of this would be the new submarine project, but that is some years from being a large employer and, in my view, the current plan to build 12 of the world's largest conventional submarines is unworkable.

P8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft have been selected by Australia, but not yet ordered (although the good showing of the P-8 is the current Southern Indian Ocean search may accelerate the order): http://blog.tomw.net.au/2014/03/maritime-patrol-aircraft-with.html

Similarly the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton long range maritime UAV has been selected by Australia, but not yet ordered. The decision was prematurely announced during the SA election by the PM to bolster the Liberal party election campaign (fortunately the aircraft are more effective than that strategy was). I would not be surprised to find a Triton has been secretly operating over the Southern Indian Ocean: http://blog.tomw.net.au/2014/03/australia-to-acquire-long-range.html

However, the P-8 and Tritons are off-the-shelf purchases and will provide few jobs for SA. In the interim, SA should encourage the smaller defence companies quietly working away in the city and in the technology parks near university campuses.

The higher education export industry should not be neglected by SA. One underutilised resource which South Australia has is Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP, President of the Australian Computer Society and a standards setter in the field of international professional education: http://blog.tomw.net.au/2014/01/order-of-australia-for-brenda-aynsley.html
Posted by tomw, Monday, 24 March 2014 4:22:45 PM
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There are lots of areas whereby SA and its people can do better for themselves... but relying upon poorly run and Sydney centric organisations such as the ACS is not one of them.
Posted by bigmal, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 8:58:12 AM
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