Email By Marty McCarthy, Kath Sullivan, Sarah Scopelianos and Tom Fedorowytsch Updated February 01, 2019 00:55:31 Photo: The former Labor government announced a royal commission after an ABC investigation. (Supplied: Mark Moxham) Related Story: 'Real risk' Murray-Darling Basin Plan is unlawful, commissioner warns Related Story: Furious South Australia demands answers from NSW over water 'rip-off' Related Story: 'Bloody disgusting': Irrigators grabbing billions of litres of Murray-Darling water Map: Adelaide 5000 The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission has found Commonwealth officials committed gross maladministration, negligence and unlawful actions in drawing up the multi-billion-dollar deal to save Australia's largest river system. Key points:The royal commission started after an ABC investigation into NSW irrigatorsRoyal Commissioner Bret Walker said the MDBA was "unwilling or incapable of acting lawfully"He accused the original architects of the plan of being … [Read more...] about Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission slams authority for ‘maladministration’
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Wooden furniture processing at a factory in Vietnam. Economists say the global economic situation has had an impact on the Vietnamese economy The National Assembly (NA) Office and the NA Economic Commission co-held the “Vietnam SocioEconomic Forum 2018: Current Situation and Prospects” in Ho Chi Minh City on September 18 and 19. The forum was aimed at providing vital inputs for NA deputies to prepare for the sixth sitting of the law-making body next month to examine the execution of the NA resolution on socioeconomic development for 2018, according to Le Bo Linh, vice general secretary and deputy head of the NA Office. He noted that short- and long-term factors at home and abroad have impacted the adoption of the resolution’s measures. Therefore, it is necessary to identify the challenges and prospects of executing the socioeconomic objectives to present key solutions for the remainder of the year. Global economic uncertainty has had an impact on the … [Read more...] about Vietnam could lose growth momentum: economists
A pair of octogenarian siblings were two of the first visitors to the recent opening of the former Stony Island State Savings Bank on Chicago’s South Side. They were last inside the building nearly 70 years ago, when their Greek father ran a small food stand in one of its alcoves, back when it was still a bank. Today, the building has awoken from a decades-long slumber of dereliction and abandonment as the Stony Island Arts Bank, an art gallery, community arts space and archival library. It’s the showpiece of Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who’s parlayed his art world star power to develop a handful of arts-focused community projects that mix art-making with neighbourhood development. Trained as an urban planner, he’s one of a growing group of artists who are turning art into urban regeneration, and urban regeneration into art. The two siblings wandered through the main gallery space, currently housing a cardboard building frame-like installation by the artist … [Read more...] about From Theaster Gates to Assemble: is there an art to urban regeneration?