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Your views: on Jay Weatherill, and ICAC

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Today, readers comment on the legacy and plans of former premier Jay Weatherill, and the latest ICAC twist.

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Commenting on the story: Jay’s new democracy project

Like him or loathe him, ex-Premier Jay Weatherill’s greatest legacy will be that he dragged South  Australia kicking and screaming into renewable energy sources.

He single handedly showed the rest of Australia, the way forward. – Mike Lesiw 

I retired last year after 40 years as an early childhood educator, leader and academic.

I counted it a privilege to work in South Australia during Jay Weatherill’s premiership. He understood the importance of quality early childhood care and education and supported it in so many ways, including bringing world leaders to South Australia in the Thinkers in Residence program.

I was privileged to sit at many roundtables with Carla Rinaldi as part of her residency. Her work influenced many teachers, leaders and researchers here.

I am thrilled to see he will continue his advocacy now he is no longer premier. We sure need some articulate and knowledgeable people advocating for the early years.

I have been watching the lead up to the election and to date have heard little. Early childhood has been off the federal agenda so it is good that Jay is planning to put his expertise and energy into raising its profile again.

After all, early childhood is where democracy begins! – Susan Krieg

Commenting on the story: Govt told to strip $15m from ICAC after open hearings torpedoed

What a shambolic but entirely predictable outcome for the promised and long overdue ICAC open hearing amendments.

Despite a near landslide election win last March by Steven Marshall and the Libs and his declaration of a ”new dawn” for a more open and accountable style of government, the ghost of Labor’s secret state thinking has returned to haunt South Australians again.

As if the Leesa Vlahos “she shone a light on this” Oakden scandal wasn’t enough, South Aussies also had to endure Labor’s Gillman cover up.

It was only the sheer force of public opinion that dragged Labor kicking and screaming to establish the anti-corruption watch dog. Again, Labor’s bosses want to kill off the ICAC’s ability to properly investigate allegations of misconduct and maladministration.

South Australian were gobsmacked at the horrors of Oakden, and they have the right to expect their hard-earned dollars are spent effectively on holding to account those who administer our public sector. – Gilbert Aitken

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