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Your views: on election posters, course cuts, oysters and more


Today, readers comment on failed electoral reform, VET cuts, tourism vouchers and a Streaky Bay development issue.

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Commenting on the story: ‘Dead in the water’: Political ‘ambush’ sinks Marshall’s electoral reforms

So we can’t have plastic straws because they are bad for the environment, but we can have plastic corflutes as they are good for the cross benches. Selfish politics.

So far as OPV, I want my vote to go to the one person I think is best for the job, and not passed on down the line. One person, one vote only. – Fred Driver

Pretty sure the ALP/Weatherill Government rushed through changes on the last sitting day re the fairness clause, didn’t they? Yet Mr Darley says proposing this one whole year before election is rushing it through before D-day. I’m confused. – Paul Barrett

Having run for parliament on two or three occasions, corflutes are an independent’s cheapest option of getting their message across to the voters.

I’d suggest each party or individual,be allowed a maximum of two corflutes at the polling booths. And not displayed anywhere else. – Mike Lesiw

Previously I have complained to Safework SA, about political campaign posters. There was no follow up.

Beside using single use plastic, it is a huge OHS risk; untrained volunteers without traffic management and using ladders in a unsafe manner on the edge of busy roads.

Road workers would have to have traffic control and an OHS plan to work on the side of a busy road. If a volunteer falls from the top step of an unrated ladder, they will fall into the path of oncoming traffic. Nowadays with social media platforms, I think using unsafe single use plastic political campaign posters has become something that could be phased out. – Tim West

Commenting on the story: Anger as Government bins ‘time-wasting’ VET courses

The Marshall Government’s trashing of the Marden High teacher’s photography course and other significant courses, all of which contribute in many ways to our economy as well as well-being, is more than shortsighted but negligent as well.

Ceasing the teaching of spoken and written English is also particularly bad, because it is to all of society’s benefit for newly-arrived migrants and others to be able to integrate into the rest of Australian society and belong. It is well-known that when people feel that they “un-belong” to the broader society that it hurts not just those individuals but everyone else too.

What a bunch of philistines there are in this government. How could the Education Minister even think of this socially destructive pathway? Visual arts is another area in which there appears to be no vision on the part of the Marshall Government, along writ high other areas being slashed.

Overturn this decision immediately, please. – Christine Nicholls

Commenting on the story: What we know today, Wednesday March 17

Regarding Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison questioning why the hotels and hospitality industry – included in the first two rounds of grants – were excluded from its third iteration.

Tens of thousands of vouchers were used to support the hotel and hospitality sectors when they needed it. I don’t see many empty cafes in Adelaide today.  I see plenty of tourism businesses wondering where the next booking is going to come from.

Given her claimed background of working for a tourism operator, it is surprising that she has not acknowledged the importance of quality operators, the expense and effort that we go to create experiences and the number of people we deliver two the doorsteps of hotels and hospitality businesses every day, free of charge. 

This round of vouchers is simply supporting those make things happen. Luckily for me, I work with some fantastic hospitality and hotel businesses who understand what we do for them and why we work so well together. – Michael Errey

Commenting on the story: Streaky Bay battle over oyster spat for spit

No development on the spit. – Mark Reeves

Just because the site off the Spit has optimal water flows around it, doesn’t mean that  it is the best place from an environmental, tourism or community point of view.  

Once an area is developed it can very rarely be restored to its original state. It may be a multi-million dollar activity, but for the benefit of only three extra jobs to the community? – Christopher Millington

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