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Your views: on Shed 26, rail privatisation and city renters

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Today, readers comment on the loss of Port Adelaide waterfront heritage, the success of privatisation, and protecting city renters.

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Another piece of Port history gone

Commenting on the story: Shed 26 battle ends with a bang and a whimper 

As a 5 year-old in 1953 I came to South Australia from England with my family.

Through the 50s and into the 60s we frequently went to Port Adelaide and Outer Harbour on Sunday afternoons.

In those days it was possible to drive and walk around the docks, where I marvelled at the sight of ships from around the world.

This inspired my life-long love of all things maritime.

In a few weeks we will return to live in South Australia after more than 18 years in England.

Although so much has changed over 60 years it still saddens me that another example of local history has gone forever.

To me that loss is a very high price to pay for progress. – John Adams

The shed was ugly.

I think housing up to a certain point, and the clipper ship installed alongside the wharf.

If I had a home there I would not mind looking at the clipper with lots of garden around it.

Make it like the corvette at the entrance to Whyalla. – Clodagh Lee

I thought it rather surprising that our former Defence Minister, the newly-reinvented Professor Christopher Pyne (who is not a lobbyist) had his inaugural column in The Advertiser on Monday 1st July, (not as a lobbyist) recommending Shed 26 must make way for progress.

Professor Pyne certainly didn’t represent my position. Geoff Goodfellow

Prove that privatisation works

Commenting on the story: Rail privatisation fight explodes, but the evidence is not black-and-white

If you do a search you will find evidence-based documented proof that privatising monopoly government services simply as a cash grab will not end well.

The public knows it. We have had to live though past incompetent privatisations which previously didn’t end well.

In fact there is no shortage of articles and research that document the specific factors which lead to privatisation failure.

And then there are the articles that describe how some government around the world have realised the folly of their ways and are now reacquiring the very services which previous governments privatised.

So who dumb and who is dumber. The government that it seems can’t use Google? Or us plebs that vote these pollies in?

South Australians have worked hard to build a reliable effective public transport system.

It is simply irresponsible for government to deliberately wreck it. We, the people of South Australia will be left with the carnage. It’s not on Mr Marshall. – Ian Pope

Helping renters helps the city

Commenting on the story: Strengthen rights of city renters: councillors

It’s encouraging to see Councillor Simms speaking out about improving conditions for people who rent in SA. 

To put it simply: great cities make sure the people living in them can have decent homes. This means homes that are stable, affordable, and liveable.

An important part of this is ending unfair evictions, so that if renters lose their home, there has to be a reason for it.

Preventing discrimination against pet owners would also make a big difference, as a growing number of long-term renters rightly desire to create a home for themselves in the rental market.

These changes would also benefit the community of Adelaide. It’s well-documented that pet ownership can lead to improved mental health and greater social cohesion.

In addition, if renters have greater stability, it will be easier for them to put down roots and invest in their communities. 

Close to 60% of people living in the Adelaide City Council area rent their home. The council has a clear role to advocate for the interests of these residents.

These residents are the ones supporting local businesses and building community life to Adelaide. It’s only fair they have decent homes. Joel Dignam

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