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Today, readers comment on the Darlington headache for Transport Minister Stephan Knoll, and why QEH heart researchers are asking for public donations.

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Pardon, your landslip is showing

Commenting on the story: Knoll defends South Rd no-show

We’ve just come back from Ecuador which has a lot of very high concrete covered embankments, and we saw many at various stages of construction.

It’s not a rich country but they seem to do it right, with reinforcing mesh and drainage pipes running through the concrete at all levels, not just the base.

Annual rainfall is around 3 metres, so anything not properly designed would be obvious. Alan Strickland

The latest debacle with South Road highlights the pitfalls of privatising public infrastructure construction.

If you want expensive variations, endless delays and unpaid subcontractors – outsource construction.

The State Government when it disbanded its Public Works Department lost all its engineering expertise, and put itself in the hands of foreign-owned corporations.

Still, the taxpayer has very deep pockets and is the best cash cow in town.William Hollingsworth

While Mr Knoll was in the South East, did he notice the abandoned railway down there?

If he wants to fix up the shoddy roads down there, why not the railway as well?

Gauge convert the line to standard gauge, $10 million was set aside for it back in the 1990s.

Get rail traffic back on it, and that will help get traffic off the roads down there.

 Then the roads won’t get so shoddy. – Graham Nixon

Half-hearted cardiology research funding

Commenting on the story: QEH heart researchers beg for cash after funding cut

Wasn’t the Home Research Lottery to raise funds for QEH research?

It seems that the Labor and now the Liberal Govt are using this lottery for  SA Health general revenue.

One lottery a year, originally. Now it seems as soon as one is filled we have another. No declaration of how much is raised. – Bill Hecker

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