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Speech: Crown and Anchor Hotel

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I rise very briefly to support this motion in support of the Crown and Anchor. It has been moved by my Greens colleague, the Hon. Robert Simms, and I welcome him. He is the portfolio holder for the Greens in planning. I am the portfolio holder for arts, so we both have a great affection for the Crown and Anchor and a great commitment to ensuring that the culture and the vibrancy that the Crown and Anchor has provided to the South Australian community for so long continues unthwarted by developers' dreams—or nightmares.

I will not go into too much detail, but I just wanted to put on record that I have been going to the Cranker since the 1990s, possibly the 1980s. I was trying to remember earlier today. I have seen wonderful bands there, such as King Daddy and Babydoll and so many more. I have danced on a weeknight to DJ Trip on not just dozens but probably hundreds of occasions. There is no place like the Cranker.

I have been to weddings there: not the actual weddings but receptions on the balcony, which had dubious catering, but anyway. There were Jaffas involved; I do not know why. The Cranker is a place that I continue to go to and feel comfortable in. You can go there, as Walter Marsh has noted in The Guardian, in a suit or as a goth. In fact, the 'Where will the goths go?' banner at the rally on the weekend really hit home to me, because Enigma has gone, The Coffee Pot has gone, Proscenium has long gone, but the goths are still at the Cranker.

The reason they are still at the Cranker is that everyone is welcome at the Cranker. Whether you are in a suit, whether you are a goth, whether you are a rocker or whether you are simply wandering in from the LIV Golf tournament on the weekend, you go to the Cranker and it is accessible, affordable, alternative. It is a place of beer and live music. It is as simple as it gets, and it is the epitome of what a public house is and should be.

It has a much-loved place in the music culture of this state, because we are the Festival State. Unless we are doing homegrown bands, those festivals will become, as was said again at the rally, fly-in fly-out performers coming to entertain us; they will not be our own. They will not be the wonderful acts that we have seen grow and develop through the Cranker.

I have had friends work at the Cranker behind the bar or as band booking agents. I have launched feminist magazines in the band room. I have run campaigns for responsible alcohol service. Indeed, the signs that 'Alcohol is not a lubricant' may have been put on the backs of the toilet doors back in the early 2000s through an organisation that I used to work for, called the YWCA of Adelaide, which ran a safe women's partying program and series of events and a campaign, and the Cranker was one of the first venues to throw their arms around and support women's right to be safe in our night-time life and in the life of our wonderful pubs.

We are losing too many pubs. We have lost too many live music venues already in this capital city. The planning laws are rigged against places like the Cranker because they are on prime real estate, but they also have a very special place in the heart of our culture. The East End would not be the East End without all the pubs and the live music that developed it well beyond the time of it being an east end market.

The East End will suffer if we let this development go ahead. There are so many other little bits of land that would happily host student accommodation in high-rise developments without sacrificing the very heart and the very culture that in fact those students will be attracted to stay in Adelaide to enjoy. Finally, to wrap it up, as I thought the most appropriate sign at the rally said, the Cranker is already home to students. It is home to so many more than students, but it will be home hopefully to students for many generations to come if we save the Cranker.

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