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Today, readers comment on the threat to an Adelaide music icon from the South Rd upgrade, tell top tier law officials to sort out their issues, and assess the impact of land tax changes.

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Hands off Thebby

Commenting on the story: Calls to save “holy grail” of Adelaide live music from bulldozer

Minister Speirs says he can’t rule out the possibility that the Thebarton Theatre will be demolished.

We won’t stand for that. 

The Thebby is a sacred site for the Australian music industry, inducted into the Hall of Fame.

It has showcased performers since before the Festival Theatre or Entertainment Centre existed.

It’s a heritage-listed site. It’s just been through a major renovation.

The only solution here is to rule out the possibility of demolition altogether, right now, and to plan the redevelopment of the intersection accordingly. 

To do otherwise would be irresponsible and unethical and an enormous waste of tax payer dollars on something that we will not support.

The petition to Save Thebarton Theatre on change.org is gaining thousands of signatures and trending online. There are calls for supporters to gather in chains to protect the site.

Listen to the uproar, Premier Marshall. You can’t possibly think an extra lane for cars is worth the loss of this iconic site. Gosia Natora

We have been going there since forever.

So much history, such great acoustics, such a great vibe.

Would be a shame to see all the old haunts gone. Even just the sign outside letting everyone know what shows are coming up.

It’s gotta stay. – Toby Harden

Why can’t politicians make obvious decisions in the interests of the public that has tasked them to do just that.

The churches, the theatre, the council chambers which used to be the library on that side of Henley Beach road, are all steeped in the history of that corner.

I am just one of the thousands who frequented all of them in the 50s and 60s.

On the south side of the road is a large taxi business, a petrol station, etc. all of which are easily replaceable, even the old picture theater which has been used as a furniture store.

Knock them down and preserve the little heritage we have left. – Paul Van Ruth

Trouble at the top

Commenting on the story: “No major conflict” with ICAC: Police Commissioner

I get the strong impression that Mr Lander does not mind a bit of limelight.

On the other hand, sometimes SA Police seem inclined to keep a bit too much in house.

Regardless of those thoughts, I can’t understand why this spat needs to be aired in an open Parliamentary Committee, which can only cause the public unnecessary concern about the operation of two important parts of our justice system.

Surely we have a Crown Solicitor or Solicitor-General who could hear the concerns of both Lander and Stevens, make a judgement and then tell them to just get on with their real jobs. David A Bridges

Taxing new regime

Commenting on the story: Debt and taxes help Lucas protect his modesty

To comment on Roberto Formato’s story (Your views 8/7), my family and I find ourselves in a similar untenable position.

In our years of investing, we have had our fair share of challenges; fire, floods and termite infestations to name a few.

But these land tax changes will end our investing in South Australian property.

In past negative situations we have encountered, we have recovered and moved forward, but this tax change will destroy our future plans here.

We will need to sell down to cover our tax bills. We are already researching interstate real estate with a view of relocating. Willem Arnoldus

I am a small business owner, and have just recently been experiencing enough success to aquire a second investment property, and was looking at a third. 

While the new State Govt property-taxing regime doesn’t affect my current investments I have now shelved my plans for a third one in SA due to potential land tax impost. 

I will now be looking interstate I guess. I’m not yet entirely sure what my next move is. – Daniel Ainscough

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