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Readers’ views on the state election, Holden and a particularly beautiful photograph.

MARY MASEY: I just wanted to say thanks for the gorgeous shot of the police greys – nice to see something uplifting and really beautiful (see above).

JUDY MELBOURNE: I think independent candidates should be required to let their constituents know ahead of ANY election which way they are going to send on their preferences (Bob Such’s mystery vote, InDaily, 16 January 2014).

Surely not making this clear would result in people choosing not to support someone when they don’t know which way he/she will forward their preferences.

I thought we were supposed to be fully aware of whom we vote for in any election, and not find out afterwards (and too late) that that person had changed his/her mind. Most people know which party they want in power and expect their vote to be counted in that favour.

MICHAEL SCHILLING: Premier Weatherill is probably near the mark in suspecting that Canberra is pulling its punches on the Holden response package.

With a state election in March, it is understandable that he wants a commitment for the best possible deal before that. Unfortunately for SA political reality may get in the way. But it seems that there is no urgency to settle all of this by March given the time frame for Holden’s closure.

However, one cannot help wondering that if the premier had not taken such an aggressive stance earlier, the result for this state might have been a little better. After all, no PM likes to be the subject of the kind of attack our premier launched against him. And the latest admission by GM that they would have ceased car production regardless of government assistance case has somewhat undermined Mr Weatherill’s original argument and fury. One can only hope that there will be calmer waters after the election. SA and Victoria will need significant assistance to cope with the fall-out from Holden’s decision.

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