SA Government Cabinet papers released under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 1991 – Oil & Gas

Santos gas fractionation plat at Port Bonython, South Australia (2011)
Santos gas fractionation plant at Port Bonython, South Australia (2011)

The following documents have been released by the Government of South Australia following Freedom of Information requests lodged by me personally during the years 2015-2017. The requests were fulfilled with no fees payable, thanks to Premier Jay Weatherill’s pro-active disclosure policy, introduced in 2013.

This is the first of a planned series of bulk document releases spanning a range of topics. They were obtained lawfully, following an extensive series of requests made under South Australia’s Freedom of Information Act 1991. All documents are fully searchable, less than 2MB in size and are free to download and share.

I am providing them here for the benefit of anyone interested in studying the history of the oil and gas industry and relevant policy and legislation in South Australia.

Click on the underlined document title to download the corresponding cabinet document.

Date SA Cabinet document
1989-06-26 Review of Cooper Basin Royalties
1989-07-03 Review of Cooper Basin Royalties
1990-07-30 Petrochemical industry at Port Bonython
1990-12-16 Cooper Basin Royalties
1991-03-04 Cooper Basin Royalties
1991-08-19 Mini Oil Refinery at Port Bonython
1996-11-11 Review of Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1997-11-24 Review of Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1998-01-05 Review of Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1998-05-19 Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
1998-08-24 Government Response to the Competition Policy
Review of the Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act
1999-12-20 Government Response to the Dyki NCP Review
of the Cooper Basin (Ratification) Act 1975
2003-06-02 Cooper Basin (Ratification) Amendment Bill 2003
2003-12-01 Cooper Basin (Ratification) Amendment Bill 2003
2004-07-20 Petroleum (Cooper Basin – Ministerial Direction)
Amendment Bill 2004
2005-01-10 Petroleum (Cooper Basin – Ministerial Direction)
Amendment Bill 2004
2005-05-17 Independent Report on Santos Recommissioning
of Moomba Gas Plant in 2004
2005-07-14 Re-appointment of John Ellice-Flint to
the SA Museum Board
2006-05-22 South Australian Minerals & Petroleum
Exploration Group (SAMPEG)



List of art galleries in South Australia

This list of art galleries which publicly exhibit works in South Australia has been compiled to benefit artists and art lovers in their pursuit of their passion. It was first compiled in August 2017, and contains a mixed bag of commercial, institutional, regional and artist-run art galleries. The list is not exhaustive, and contributions of galleries not yet listed are invited via Facebook comments. This list will be updated periodically.

Last updated: 9 August 2017

Gallery Town/City Address Phone
ACE OPEN Adelaide Lion Arts Centre, North Tce (08) 8211 7505
Adelaide Central Gallery Adelaide 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside (08) 8299 7300
Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide North Terrace (08) 8207 7000
ArtImages Gallery Adelaide 32 The Parade, Norwood (08) 8363 0806
Artspace Gallery Adelaide Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Drive, Adelaide
BMG Art Adelaide 444 South Road, Marleston (08) 8297 2440
Brick+Mortar Creative Adelaide 49 George St, Norwood 0452 140 849
FELTspace Adelaide 12 Compton Street
Flinders University City Gallery Adelaide State Library of South Australia, North Terrace (08) 8201 2695
Gallery 1855 Adelaide 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully (08) 8397 7444
Gallery M Adelaide 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park (08) 8377 2904
Glenelg Art & Gift Gallery Adelaide Ground Floor, Stamford Grand Hotel, Moseley Square, Glenelg 0410 481 237
Greenaway Art Gallery Adelaide 39 Rundle Street, Kent Town (08) 8362 6354
Henley & Grange Art Society Adelaide Atkin Street, Henley Beach (08) 8353 3710
Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide 113 Pirie Street (08) 8223 6558
Hughes Gallery Adelaide Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton (08) 8372 5180
Hugo Michell Gallery Adelaide 260 Portrush Road, Beulah Park (08) 8331 8000
Jam Factory Adelaide 19 Morphett Street (08) 8410 0727
Pepper Street Arts Centre Adelaide 558 Magill Rd, Magill (08) 8364 6154
Prospect Gallery Adelaide 1 Thomas St, Nailsworth (08) 8342 8175
Royal South Australian Society of Arts Adelaide Cnr North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide (08) 8232 0450
South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery Adelaide K3-27 Kaurna Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia, North Tce (08) 8302 6611
Tandanya Adelaide 253 Grenfell Street (08) 8224 3211
Urban Cow Studio Adelaide Shop 6, 10 Vaughan Place
Blue Crab Studio Ardrossan 16 North Terrace, Ardrossan
Balaklava Courthouse Gallery Balaklava 6 Edith Tce, Balaklava (08) 8862 1688
Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
Walkway Gallery Bordertown 43 Woolshed Street, Bordertown (08) 8752 1044
Burra Regional Art Gallery Burra 5-6 Market Street, Burra (08) 8892 2411
Arts Ceduna Ceduna 2 Eyre Highway, Ceduna (08) 8625 2487
Artworx Gallery Goolwa 12 Hays St, Goolwa (08) 8555 0949
Signal Point Gallery Goolwa The Wharf, Goolwa (08) 8555 7289
South Coast Regional Art Centre Goolwa 1 Goolwa Terrace, Goolwa (08) 8555 7000
Hahndorf Academy Hahndorf 68 Main Street, Hahndorf (08) 8388 7250
Belalie Art Gallery Jamestown 6 Irvine Street, Jamestown (08) 8664 0455
Kapunda Community Gallery Kapunda 67-69 Main Street, Kapunda
Millicent Art Gallery Millicent Civic Centre, Ridge Terrace, Millicent (08) 8733 0903
Moonta Gallery of the Arts Moonta Moonta Town hall, George Street, Moonta (08) 8825 1378
Mount Dutton Bay Woolshed Mount Dutton Bay 1 Woolshed Drive, Mount Dutton Bay (08) 8685 4031
Riddoch Art Gallery Mount Gambier 1 Bay Rd, Mt Gambier (08) 8723 9566
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Murray Bridge 27 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge (08) 8539 1420
Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery Naracoorte 91 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte (08) 8762 3390
Gallery Yampu Port Adelaide 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead
Yarta Purtli Port Augusta Cultural Centre Gallery Port Augusta 6 Beauchamp Lane, Port Augusta (08) 8641 9176
Palate 2 palette Port Broughton 6 Bay St, Port Broughton (08) 8635 2553
Nautilus Arts Centre Port Lincoln 66 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln (08) 8621 2351
The Arts Centre Port Noarlunga 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga (08) 8326 5577
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery Port Pirie 3 Mary Elie Street, Port Pirie (08) 8633 0681
McCormick Centre for the Environment Renmark Ral Ral Avenue, Renmark (08) 8586 4777
Roxbylink Art Gallery Roxby Downs 1-15 Richardson Place, Roxby Downs (08) 8671 0500
Coorong Art Gallery Tailem Bend 95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend 1300 785 277
Barossa Regional Gallery Tanunda 3 Basedow Rd, Tanunda (08) 8563 0849
Victor Harbor Regional Gallery Victor Harbor 7A Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor (08) 8552 1316
Off the Slate Gallery Willunga 36 High Street, Willunga (08) 8556 2363

Documentary filmmaker, public interest researcher and full-time surveillance target

Since May 2016, I’ve become acutely aware that I am under surveillance, day and night. My privacy has been stolen from me and I’m not happy about it.

Since I am a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record, I can only assume that those responsible for tracking my movements and associations are doing so for a combination of political and/or economic reasons. While I can understand the private sector investing in the surveillance of politically active people in this way, I have deep ethical objections to the use of any public resources in support of such a campaign. I suspect that many other concerned Australian citizens would share this sentiment. I won’t speculate as to who might be coordinating these efforts, but I will say that it is comprehensive. I suspect the techniques used have been honed over many decades, including through the monitoring of progressive social and environmental movements, including the opposition to the Vietnam war, apartheid, nuclear weapons and the animal rights movement.

If you’re shaking your head in disbelief, or flatly dismissing my claim as delusional, I can assure you that I have seen enough and corroborated with others to have total confidence in my own observations and analyses. I know other people who have had similar experiences and made similar observations during their investigative, whistle-blowing or political work. While the surveillance I am presently experiencing itself is passive (ie. bystanders placed in locations everywhere I go, augmented by the monitoring of my communications) the effect is pervasive, intrusive and effectively inescapable. My only refuges are private residences and the psychological impact is pronounced. My life has been studied to such an extent that all my movements are either anticipated or intercepted, even when travelling in regional areas.

Perhaps I have my own curiosity to blame?

Back in 2011, I began full-time work on my first documentary feature film, Cuttlefish Country (soon to be completed). Through this work I have explored the history of industrial development in the Spencer Gulf region of South Australia, and I have come to understand the politics surrounding major industrial development. I have also gained insights into relationships between major corporations and the public sector. I have discovered entrenched cultures of secrecy, enshrined in law, which in my opinion, betray the public interest.

In response, I have lodged over 100 Freedom of Information requests, across a range of topics with South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2016 alone. I have also lodged further requests with several Federal departments and agencies. You can see these on the website, where my applications and their results are published into the public domain I have been fortunate enough to have been supported by a small but very generous group of donors. They have assisted me with paying the administrative costs associated with obtaining the deliberations and decision-making processes of various government bodies and releasing them into the pubic domain. I refer to this work as public interest research.

In 2015, I became a member of the press gang attending to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in South Australia, as an independent documentary filmmaker. I also participated in the Commission’s processes as a South Australian citizen, writing submissions during the establishment of its Terms of Reference, during the Commission itself, and more recently to the South Australian parliament, where a joint committee is considering the Commission’s findings.

Since May 2016, when the Royal Commission handed over its report to the Government of South Australia, the monitoring of my activities became too obvious to falsely interpret. I’ve had cars lurking in my street, cars parked on roadsides with drivers in them anticipating or logging my movements, and a rolling stock of faces everywhere I go… from supermarkets, to cafes and public parks.

So here I am… documentary filmmaker, public interest researcher and full-time surveillance target.

I can no longer find peace in any public place… but this has only strengthened my resolve to press on with my inquiries.

And of course, I’ll continue to respond creatively. Here’s a poem I wrote yesterday, inspired by the events of 2016:


I see the way you look at me
with your cover story
and your hollow eyes.

Playing it cool
behind shades
that reflect attention
and hide your inhumanity.

You tell me you're not the type
but I'm no fool.
There is no 'type'.

Man, woman
young, old
silent, smug.
Bold, arrogant, precocious.

Shopper, jogger,
cyclist, driver,
gardener, fisher,
shadow lurker.

I've seen it all,

including your soul:

ghoulish, twisted, perfect.

You log the lives of innocents
drawing their light
into your darkness
to feed the vampires.

I mentioned your eyes
now darting sideways,
hand on face, a stretch, a yawn
a twitching leg.
Unfamiliar ground.
You want to run, compelled to stay.

I'm a body to you, a target.
I get that.

It's nothing personal.

You have a job to do.

Dan Monceaux, 2 October 2016.