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Today,  readers comment on the State Government potentially proroguing Parliament to reset its agenda for a new year, and commuters staying safe and getting along.

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Commenting on the story: Parliamentary shutdown looms as Marshall considers fresh start

A fresh start from what, Steven?

We have seen precious little more than the same old prevarication and ineptness we were subjected to under 16 years of the ALP.

We elected you with such hope that, at last, we would get a government which was responsible, which stopped booking up endless billions on the State Government’s credit card.

What did we get? We got Lucas telling us that rather than reducing the $7 billion debt left by Messrs Rann, Foley, Weatherill and Tom Koutsantonis, he was going to increase that debt to a staggering $21 billion-plus.

We were promised no increases in fees, taxes and levies and we got all three.

We were promised a better education system and got nothing.

We were promised a decent, honest, responsible public health service and a vastly improved child protection service, and what did we get?

We had the so-called Child Protection Unit hiring people whom SAPOL had, reportedly, warned against.

We now have the ICAC stopping its investigations into corruption within SA Health because you won’t fund it properly. 

We have our public hospitals, whose staff are stretched to breaking point, being told that they have to sack hundreds of doctors and nurses rather than those public servants supposedly employed to administer the entire system but who have completely failed. 

Yes, you may as well scrap all the current legislation, prorogue Parliament and then sit down and come up with a brand new strategy because Hell will freeze over before you get anything done if you don’t. – Robert McCormick

Commenting on the opinion piece: We can all travel the road to enlightenment

Thus far Morry Bailes has warned us, the good and apparently unthinking people of Adelaide, of the dangers of mobile scooters near where he is walking and cars, cyclists and pedestrians where he is operating his presumably antiquated motor vehicle.

Perhaps it would be safer for us all, and at least Morry, if he caught the bus from now on. Desmond Gidowskyj 

I fully support the sentiment that was so eloquently conveyed by Morry.

I would like to add one more consideration – we need to love the carless.

It is tempting to try and simplify complex issues by trying to eliminate what might be seen as ‘added’ inconvenience.  

As we travel to and from work, those on bikes, those who are walking, the bus that stops in front or the train that stops us at crossings, all represent cars that are not on the road.

As frustrating as peak hour travel can be, remember to give people who choose not to drive every reason to continue not to drive – if we don’t, traffic congestion will just get worse. – Simone Fogarty

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