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Today, readers comment on Liberal Party ructions, who to blame when the power goes off, remote versus human transactions and e-scooter safety rules that mess up your hair.

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Commenting on the story: “True Liberals” take land tax stand against Marshall Govt

Talk about naked self-interest and greed. Both on full show. 

It is a bit of historical stupidity that gave us a situation where the rate paid can vary according to who owns the property (surely only the value matters?)

Marshall and Lucas are trying to sort out an old mess, and level the playing field. 

But any retailer will tell you there is no greedier nor more ruthless group than landlords.

They would rather bankrupt a tenant than cut a rent. Bruce Macky

True Liberals. Is this going to be Adelaide’s Hong Kong moment? – Sam Christodoulou

As I have written before I think Lucas and Marshall are getting bad advice from Treasury.

Land tax is the most odious tax in existence and they just won’t acknowledge it.

As a former Chief Government Valuer I have seen the devastation it causes now.

The new changes, without critically examining the rate, will be fatal to the Government. – Roger Frinsdorf

Commenting on the opinion piece: Richardson: Marshall can’t fight fire with Fyre

Could it be that what you believe you are seeing within the Liberal Party is in fact a renaissance of sorts, a rediscovery if you like?

For many years the SA Libs no doubt struggled with membership as they floundered in opposition.

Maybe, just maybe, the Marshall victory has bought a lot of people out of the wilderness and re-energised them to become involved again, or for the first time ?

I do not know, you are much closer to it than I, but I make this observation of the SA Liberals and provide a little background for you.

I ran against Peter Lewis for pre-selection when Dean Brown was Premier, narrowly losing.

I moved to Queensland in 1999 to pursue a business venture and returned to SA in 2015.

I saw first-hand the dysfunction of the Queensland Liberal Party (another story) and when I returned to SA I went along to a few meetings and was astonished to see many of the same faces I saw back in the 90’s.

I have not been to any meetings since Marshall won his election, for no reason other than I have been busy or away, so I wonder if since then there is not a change of guard going on? – Grant Petras

Commenting on the story: Pelican Point power station headed for court over SA blackouts

Whilst these prosecutions may have some grounds at law, I find it incredible that AEMO, who were demonstrably asleep at the wheel, escape without sanction.

It’s  a bit like APRA and ASIC being “punished” over the banking royal commission – with increased funding! Utopia! – James Rock

Commenting on the story: Targeted Service SA centres among most profitable, productive

Closing them down is not smart, as face to face can be very helpful instead of sitting around fuming over being on a phone queue, which just annoys people and is likely to increase impatient behaviours when one finally gets to talk to a human being.

Also when renewing things like driver’s licences we have to go to one of these offices, so having to hunt for one and travel a long distance is not good.

This type of behaviour only adds to beliefs of remote bureaucrats distantly administering us from some unknown and unseen place. – Kaye Bishop

Commenting on the story: Lime plans Adelaide e-scooter return

I use e-scooters probably about once per week at the moment – usually to get from one side of the city to the other, considering that public transport toward the southern and eastern side of the city to the north-western side is lacking (perhaps a tram will fix this one day?).

My beef is with their speed and the need to wear helmets. 

Yes, I get that helmets can avoid head trauma, but seriously; at 15km/h, how likely are you to actually fall off?

And if you are to fall off, would a helmet do anything to protect your head?

Next, why 15km/h?  I used Lime scooters – the exact same ones that were deployed in Adelaide – in Lyon, France and they are set to 25hm/h.

Lyon is a much busier city than Adelaide is and nobody was forced to use helmets, so people took the Lime scooters to get around without the worry of messing up their hair while they were at work for the day. 

Also, why can’t they be used in bike lanes or on the roads where they are less likely to hit pedestrians?

Even at 15hm/h I’ve had inattentive people step out in front of me and had to slam on the brakes. – Anthony Palmieri

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