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Your views: on Hutt St crime, arts budget cuts and Australia Day

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Today, readers comment on the Hutt St Centre and crime reports, the impact of arts cuts, and when to mark Australia Day.

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Commenting on the story: Hutt St Centre incorrectly blamed for crime: SA Police

I ran a specialist medical practice in Hutt St, about a block from the Hutt Street Centre, for 26 years until about a year ago.

With deep regret, we had to close the practice last year as one of the partners retired and one of the others wanted to go elsewhere and run his own show.

In all that time, we had virtually no trouble: one break-in with nothing much stolen, about 20 years ago, and one instance of theft by one of my patients who had nothing to do with the Centre.

That was it. The whole campaign against the Centre is, in my experience, a complete beat-up.

The Centre does excellent and important work and I support them 100%. I wish I could still be working in Hutt Street. Chris Branson

“Unfortunately, some within our community believe that it is an offence to be homeless, which creates a significant challenge for policing.”

To me, that was the most significant sentence in the article, as it explains all of the negative and factually incorrect comments.

Let’s step back and really think before we react. Let’s stop taking the easy way out and picking an easy target.

Why on earth would the police lie about the situation? – Rosemary Cadden

Commenting on the story: Ex-Adelaide Festival director slams budget cuts after music festival unplugged

It’s an utterly moronic decision to defund this incredible festival.

This is one of the few Australian music events genuinely unique to Adelaide, which as stated in the article, attracted a considerable amount of visitors from interstate.

How many other events of comparable size can make such a claim?

It also illustrates how shallow the Premier’s tiresome monologues of “wanting to retain young people” are.

In the meantime, Melbourne will no doubt continue to attract young South Australians in huge numbers. – Louis Rankin

Commenting on the story: Councils ordered to mark citizenship on Australia Day

The Feds having to force councils to comply! Do we need any more evidence that 26 January creates social division, not inclusion?

We simply need a more appropriate date.

The First Fleet isn’t about Australia anyway – it’s about the British colony of NSW. Why not a date that gets us talking about Australian Federation?

Australia’s first Prime Minister Edmund Barton was born on 18 January 1849 in Glebe.

So what about 18 January for Australia Day?

Just an 8 day shift, a perfectly logical rationale, and we can all just turn on the barbies and stop having to take sides. – John Clarke

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