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Today, readers comment on plans to chop century-old trees outside the old Royal Adelaide Hospital, stopping funding for free legal services, and government in general.

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Commenting on the story: Century-old North Tce trees set for axe in Lot 14 works

Brilliant and far-sighted idea to remove the trees. 

For a start, they spoil the view – who wants too look at trees when we can get an uninterrupted vista of concrete, brick and bitumen?

Furthermore, in summer their shade means we miss out on the healthy radiated heat from the stone work. 

But why stop there?  Get the bulldozers in and build more apartment blocks in what is now that waste of space called the botanic garden. – John Tons

The proposed loss of mature trees on North Terrace outside the former Royal Adelaide Hospital would represent a fitting epilogue to the State Government’s disavowal of the site’s status as part of the Adelaide Park Lands.

The use of the term “Lot Fourteen” to describe this part of Park 11 is simply a denial of the legal reality.

The State Government, like its predecessor has flagrantly ignored a legislative obligation (s23 of the Adelaide Park Lands Act) to prepare a report on how the former RAH site could be returned to Park Lands.  

The State Government’s continuing refusal to produce such a report is either incompetence or arrogance, if not both.

Adelaide had a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore a long-lost part of its world-unique heritage, but this has been scuppered in favour of short-term commercialism.

Once a Park, then a hospital, this priceless seven hectares is now a development site like any other. 

It is no surprise that the last shred of a Park – a few trees in a footpath -are perceived, like the rest of the site – as obstacles to further commercialisation of public land.

The battle has been lost.  The only question now is whether the City Council intends to resist this coup de grace on behalf of ten English elm trees and one plane tree. Shane Sody

Commenting on the story: Justice denied: Pro bono service axed after Government cuts funding

This reinforces the view that so called “Liberal” politicians show no concern for the injustices faced by the poor, the disadvantaged and unemployed members of our society.

It applies equally to both federal and state conservative politicians. Margaret Dodd

Commenting on the opinion piece: SA’s electoral fairness under threat

We are over-governed. 

Too many politicians. Too many councils. Too many public servants.

Fix that first, before worrying about electoral fairness. Mike Lesiw

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