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Today, readers comment on worsening ambulance ramping figures, the state’s unwillingness to follow its own path, and suggest an expanded land tax could replace other taxes.

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Commenting on the story: Ambulances spent 2303 hours ramped outside Adelaide hospitals last month

Sadly the increase in ambulance ramping hours story does not reflect the scale of this matter across Australia.

Ramping is not just the preserve of Adelaide. Ambulance ramping is a common expectation in all Australian states and  territories and is a key performance indicator that reflects poorly on our national health system.

It suggests the system is broken and that there is a disconnect between public health and private health, with the private hospitals needing to step up to the plate and play a larger role in emergency triage.

The solution to ramping needs public and private hospitals to work together and the solutions be put to COAG to enact. Steve Harrison

We need some expert advice here immediately.

It will only be improved if someone “important” meets up with difficulties.

And who amongst us will be regarded as “important” (other than politicians) I wonder? – Judy Melbourne

Many thanks to our previous labor government, for their visionary Transforming Health and the shambles that is our new RAH.

Gutting the Repat hospital and other medical centres. Closing down Glenside etc etc etc.

I don’t envy the Liberal government their repair job. Former Labor ministers can well hang their heads in shame.

I find it incongruous that our new Liberal Government doesn’t lambaste the previous government for the current state of affairs. Mike Lesiw 

Commenting on the opinion piece: Richardson: the unique chip on our collective shoulder

Would love to see how this bookends with where we could be taking things in the future (Lot 14, the space agency, heck even Old Mate goes against the grain…) versus our trailblazing historical positions on equality, the arts and recycling from the Dunstan era.

Considering these are under threat to conform to a fictitious threat of undoing our Aussie way of life, it’d be great to see South Australia be unapologetic about it’s unique opportunities and dismissive of the (apparent) greener grass over East.

Good article and topic. Ben Deering

I could never assume to write as admirably, in-depth and knowledgeably as Tom; however, I fear that on this occasion the phrase has been misused.

Chip-on-the-shoulder is to hold a grudge. It is not to lean on an envied neighbour’s example as a platform for one’s own misplaced actions or philosophies. – Chris Miller

Commenting on the story: Developers hire Pyne to fight Marshall’s land tax changes

The tragedy is that crazy politics has made the family home absolutely sacrosanct, and stopped us adopting the most logical land tax system.

As any economist knows there is only one thing in the world they are not making more of, and that is land. So it always has a value, which can be assessed, and taxed.

Were we truly sensible,we would have a land tax on everything at a very low rate, and to get rid of stamp duty, payroll tax, emergency services levy and all the other inefficient taxes.

It would give a huge boost to the supply of family homes, as empty nesters looked to move to lower-taxed properties. – Bruce Macky 

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