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Your views: on Thebby, TAFE, media raids and a SA nuclear dump

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Today, readers comment on the value of heritage, TAFE education, the separation of powers and listening to indigenous voices.

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Let it be

Commenting on the story: “It must never be bulldozed”: Marshall at Thebby’s 90th birthday

It is of vital importance to preserve our heritage.

 There is a great need on the part of Australians to respect our heritage, otherwise this country risks having a fragmented history.

 Too much has already been lost. If the present is important, so is the past.

We should be proud to have such a theatre as the Thebby. – Etiennette Fennell

TAFE tinkering

Commenting on the story: State Govt about-face on TAFE closures

I say no to any TAFE closures or reduction or redeployment of services. 

I firmly believe it’s a cynical and veiled attempt by state government to free up valuable land for sale. To make up for the shortfall in government revenues. 

It takes political courage to resist increasing public service demands for wage increases.

Much better to be honest with the people of South Australia and say we are not in a position to afford increasing wage demands,without resorting to increased taxes. Mike Lesiw 

Police must police

Commenting on the story: Dutton rejects calls to drop media leaks cases

In your story claiming Dutton refuses to interfere with the AFP in their quest for justice, I couldn’t agree more with Dutton.

It’s not up to the media, Anthony Albanese or Peter Dutton to decide whether the laws being upheld by the AFP are wrong. Only the parliament can change those laws if they are considered wrong. 

The media, Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton would know full well that in Australia we have an obligation to keep the powers separate. 

It’s the crux of the system of governance in Australia. Public servants and the police must have freedom from interference from the media and politicians. 

If police act inappropriately, there is a proper process to be followed which does not involve the media, or the politicians.

 Anyone, however can make a complaint through the correct channels.

Moreover, the media and journalists do not have the right to break laws if they feel the laws are flawed. 

They can have opinions about laws and they can express those opinions, but cannot break those laws no matter how flawed they may believe they are. 

So the case in question is one where the AFP are investigating journalists to decide whether they have broken any laws.  The media should respect that.

Pleas from the ABC, News Corp and Anthony Albanese are simply politicking. 

They know full well that the system of separation of the powers must be upheld. Peter Mirtschin

Let them be heard

Commenting on the story: Court rejects indigenous action over SA nuclear dump

I believe the traditional owners’ opinion/vote is paramount, as they have a spiritual responsibility to care for all land in their area.

Without their agreement, any thought of developing a nuclear waste facility should immediately be dropped, as it is against respecting their traditional rights to care for their land.

To think that this judgement came out during NADOC week is especially shameful.

We still have a long way to go to genuinely respect Aboriginal peoples culture. Ruth Russell

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