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Readers’ views on the “hottest city on earth”, escaping to the cinema, and the Australian Navy’s accidental wandering into Indonesia’s territorial waters.

RICHARD ABBOTT: Tom Richardson (Simply the best of the worst, InDaily, 17 January 2014) wrote: ‘Thursday’s temperature would be the highest of any major population centre. Or, as it quickly became known, Adelaide was the Hottest City On Earth.”

Given that we did not reach the heralded 46C , then Thursday’s temperature hubbub most certainly reflects the state of this state’s politics: hysterical party fanfares of trumpeted “gunna do” that are too often muffled into failed oblivion.

B. CULLEN: Stop the boats. Tow back the boats. Hide the boats. Buy the boats. Give them boats. What a complete shambles! How have we got to this? A Government can now withhold information from the electorate and we have to wait four years before we can get rid of them. Democracy has gone very sour if this can happen in a well educated (comparatively) country.

Seeing those huge Navy frigates/ destroyers on TV bearing down on a shambling, wooden fishing boat filled with refugees was just revolting. Now the Navy is saying it didn’t know where it was, hence the transgression into Indonesia’s “sovereign” waters. With all that top of the range navigation equipment? What a shambles.

RICHARD J. HILL: Yes, it is good to go to the cinema to keep cool, but why do we have to come out deafened. I thought that as one gets older the hearing goes, but I often come out of the cinema with my ears ringing painfully.

After one recent outing to the movies, even my teenage boys were complaining that the sound was way too loud.

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